NFPA Celebrates 125 Years

Recognizing Over a Century of Protecting People and Property

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year and plans to commemorate the momentous milestone through a series of events and initiatives that reflect the steadfast commitment to fire, electrical, and life safety by the Association. Key to the celebration is the launch of a virtual 125th Anniversary Conference Series that replaces the traditional in-person 2021 NFPA Conference & Expo. The online conference series runs from May 2021 through March 2022.

“This is a year of celebration and education,” said NFPA President & CEO Jim Pauley. “We created a year-long virtual conference series to be able to offer a more tailored and personalized experience for participants. From comprehensive workshops to discussions on the latest advancements in fire technology, what participants learn in these sessions will improve safety around the globe.”

The conference series features 10 one-day programs for building, electrical, and life-safety professionals and practitioners that collectively offer more than 100 informative education sessions, engaging content, industry roundtable discussions, networking opportunities, live chat sessions, and exhibitor demonstrations. Led by leading industry experts, program sessions cover a broad range of topic areas, from the impact of new technology on codes and standards and the use of data to drive safety to community risk reduction and public education strategies aimed at protecting people and property. The sessions are designed to help professionals adjust to changing industry needs and more effectively and efficiently perform daily work.

“It’s always been incredible to think about the fact that NFPA’s founding was based on the fire sprinkler standard (NFPA 13) and more impressive to see how far the association has come, how important the job is, and how well NFPA does in delivering on its mission,” says AFSA President Bob Caputo, CFPS, who serves on several NFPA 13 technical committees. “I am proud to be a long-term member of NFPA!”

Since 1896, NFPA has furthered safety by facilitating the development of codes and standards, research, and education for fire and related safety issues. The association has seen success through the tireless work and support of its more than 250 technical committees comprised of approximately 9,000 volunteers from 42 countries, its more than 40,000 global members, and countless professionals who use NFPA resources to fulfill the mission of reducing loss.

“The NFPA technical committees allow AFSA to represent our members’ interests in the development of standards, which is an open and fair consensus process that produces life- and fire-safety standards used globally,” says AFSA Vice President of Engineering & Technical Services John August Denhardt, P.E., FSFPE, who also serves on several NFPA technical committees. “Happy anniversary to this great association! We appreciate being a part of its mission and helping keep the public safe.”

Find more information about the NFPA 125th Anniversary, Conference Series, and the electrical program at

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