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SPOTLIGHT ON FIRE ScIENcE ANd TEcHNOLOGy EducATORS
issue facing us right now. It is important that each of us keeps constantly updated on this issue and all of the ever-changing issues that face us. It certainly helps to be on as many technical committees as possible, in order to get the necessary information first hand to be able to describe the reasons why the issue came into being and the rationale for the corrective methodology chosen. What events and activities has your section recently completed, and what’s coming up? Our section always has a booth in the NFPA Conference & Expo exhibit hall, and we sponsor many presentations that will be of interest to educators. What do members get out of belonging to this section? Why should someone join? Our members interface to discuss common challenges and concerns in fire protection. We highlight those concerns with the presentations that we sponsor. Educators in our profession provide an essential service, and it is important that we meet and discuss the issues common to each of us. How can section members become involved, and what is available to assist them? We ask that you stop by our booth at the NFPA Conference & Expo. There will always be a friendly member there to assist you. An application to our section is available on the NFPA website at npfa.org. Is there anything else you’d like to add? If you are someone who extends your knowledge to those entering our profession, you should be a member of the Fire Science and Technology Educators Section.
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Robert Gagnon, a fire protection engineer with Gagnon Engineering, a fire protection engineering consulting firm in Woodbine, Maryland, has 43 years’ experience in the field. In addition to his role as a member of the Fire Science and Technology Educators Section Board of Directors, he is also an adjunct lecturer at the University of Maryland Department of Fire Protection Engineering.
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What fields, industries, or occupations do your members come from? Our section represents all who give of themselves to educate the future members of our profession. Many of our members are full-time instructors, but quite a large number of us are volunteers, part-time instructors, adjunct faculty, or persons who have an interest in the education of the next generation of our profession. The need for fire protection professionals has never been greater, and with the advent of distance learning instruction and the addition of numerous new programs, the availability and access of educational opportunities in fire protection engineering and engineering technology is becoming increasingly easier. What codes are important to your section? All of them. Our biggest challenge is to keep our lesson plans up-to-date and timely for each of NFPA’s codes, standards, and recommended practices. What key code issues do you anticipate for your section in the near future? NFPA’s position on antifreeze systems is the hottest
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SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2012 NFPA JOURNAL
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of NFPA Journal - September/October 2012
NFPA Journal - September/October 2012
In a Flash
Lessons of Comayagua
After Waldo Canyon
Catastrophic Multiple-Death Fires in 2011
Fire Loss in the United States in 2011
Research + Analysis
NFPA Journal - September/October 2012