NFPA Rural Symposium – seeking rural fire department members

The National Fire Protection Association [NFPA] is calling for interested parties to participate in a symposium to discuss prevention and public education issues and community risk reduction for rural and volunteer fire departments. Participation will be limited so make sure you pay close attention to the details listed below outlining how you can get involved.


NFPA is hosting a symposium to learn more about prevention issues including public education and community risk reduction for rural and volunteer fire departments. In order to prepare and understand the best and most productive sessions possible, the NFPA seeks the opinions of as many stakeholders as possible and to do that we would appreciate if you could look over the attachment and complete the online survey at this link.


May 12th & May 13th, 2017


Boston area – If you’re chosen to attend, the NFPA will cover travel, lodging, and meal expenses for invited participants.


The goal for the symposium is to assess public fire and life safety education needs, gain a clear picture of the problems, and receive feedback about how NFPA can better serve both rural and volunteer fire departments in their public education and Community Risk Reduction efforts.


Symposium attendees will be members of rural fire departments within North America and should have an interest in fire and life safety education.  NFPA hopes to bring together a dynamic group of representatives who span fire department roles, geographical regions, and levels of experience in education and prevention.


The survey will be open through March 15, 2017.  Invitations will be extended to selected participants by March 20, 2017.

If you are interested in attending, please complete the online interest survey.  NFPA will make selections and invite individuals to attend from the list of folks who filled out the survey.

For more information about the Rural Fire and Life Safety Symposium, go to or contact Karen Berard-Reed at


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