The 2003 Fall Education Conference of the NFPA Nov. 16-19 at the Reno Hilton in Reno, NV, will focus on homeland security.

The 2003 Fall Education Conference of the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) will focus on homeland security, to guide professionals in fire service, engineering, facility management, and safety in coping with the post-Sept. 11 world.

The conference will be held Nov. 16 through 19 at the Reno Hilton in Reno, NV.

The conference's program on "Homeland Security: Preparedness and Response" will include seminars on emergency-response planning; applying the lessons of Sept. 11 to emergency-management programs; guidance in managing a chemical, biological or nuclear incident affecting the commercial transportation industry; analysis of effective local emergency planning; legal issues; review of the hospital emergency incident command system; and more.

The keynote speaker will be Ellen Goodman, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist renowned for her ability to sense emerging shifts in public and private lives. Goodman started writing for the Boston Globe in 1967, and her column is now syndicated in 450 newspapers.

The conference will feature more than 70 career-building seminars, offering continuing education credits. Among the topics the seminars will address are:

  • NFPA 5000(tm), Building Construction and Safety Code(tm): the development and content of the first building code accredited by the American National Standards Institute
  • How to conduct safe, thorough and effective investigations of fires and explosions
  • A look at the relationship between fire incidence and socioeconomic factors in rural and urban settings, including the role of poverty, education, attitudes and behavior
  • Effective planning for terrorist incidents
  • The lessons learned from an alternative approach to emergency communications used in a Florida hotel
  • Fire safety and security challenges in a university campus setting
  • The thoughts and intentions of juvenile fire-setters.

The conference (excluding pre-conference seminars) costs $395 for NFPA members and $440 for others, provided registration is completed by Oct. 31. Registering at the conference costs $440 for NFPA members and $500 for others. For those who want to attend just one day (excluding pre-conference seminars), the cost is $170 for NFPA members and $190 for others. And those who register and make hotel reservations at the Reno Hilton by Sept. 26 could win a trip for two to Miami Beach. For information about registering, please go to