Fire Engineering Apparatus Expert to Present at Fire Apparatys & Emergency Equipment Expo

On October 20th, William Peters will kenote the Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equipment Online Conference and Expo. His address, “Can NFPA Standards and Engineering Advancements Influence Human Behavior Enough to Enhance Firefighter Safety,” will cover National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) changes that require apparatus manufacturers to engineer compliance into their products. 

“I always like to bring the message of safety to the participants,” says Peters. “Over the years, fatalities in NFPA 1901 type apparatus have been reduced dramatically due to the older apparatus ‘aging-out’ and being replaced by safer, compliant modern units. I have been partaking in the NFPA process for many years and have always tried to bring the purchaser’s point of view to the table, which quite often is different from the manufacturer’s. The main theme of my address is that the individual firefighter must ‘buy in’ and properly utilize all of the safety equipment and features of the apparatus to make this campaign work.”
 
Beyond the topic of his keynote, Peters recently commented on some recent trends in the apparatus market. “I think the manufacturers are adjusting to the market and providing more of a selection of entry-level or stock apparatus for the customer who doesn’t have the financial resources it might have in the past,” he says. “I think the biggest change has been the economic conditions that municipalities and fire companies have to operate under. Due to reduced funding, purchasers are making better choices and closely monitoring cost of options and features.”
 
You can register for the Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equipment Online Conference and Expo by visiting http://www.fireapparatusmagazine.com/index/online-event.html.
 
Registration for the event is free and all conference presentations will be archived for 30 days after the event’s conclusion on October 20.
 
Other presentations include:
  • CAFS: The Evolution and Current Advantages – Dan White
  • High-Rise Tactical Firefighting in the 21st Century – Michael Wielgat
  • The Trend Toward Multiresponse Fire Apparatus – Paul Christansen
  • Situation Safety: Lighting, Controls, and Robotics – Rick Fix
  • Keynote: Can NFPA Standards and Engineering Advancements Influence Human
  • Behavior Enough to Enhance Firefighter Safety? – William Peters
  • Apparatus Trends – Michael Moore
  • Maximizing Your Water Flow Potential – David Gindlesperger/Pete Lauffenburger
  • Aerials: The Short and the Long of It – George Logan, Jr.

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