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NAPA Announces Cancellation of 2020 Conference and Expo
April 22, 2020

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), a global self-funded nonprofit organization devoted to eliminating death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards, has announced the cancellation of the Association’s 2020 Conference & Expo® originally scheduled to be held on June 15-18, 2020 in Orlando, Florida.

“At this time, the world continues to be significantly impacted by COVID-19 and we no longer believe it is possible to host and conduct this event in Orlando in June,” said NFPA President and CEO Jim Pauley. “NFPA is a safety organization and we would not hold an event where the well-being of staff, attendees and business partners could be compromised in any way.”

Pauley said that from day one the organization’s intent and singular focus was to hold the 2020 NFPA Conference & Expo only if it could be done safely for all involved. Extensive monitoring of countless date and information sources led to the decision to cancel.

“We did not arrive at this decision easily or without an abundance of consideration. The conference is important to us as it is important those who participate in one way or another,” said Pauley. “Just as it has been for more than 100 years, our annual event is a key catalyst to advance fire, life, and electrical safety across the globe,” he continued. This meeting is where new and updated codes and standards move forward, results from the latest research are revealed, products and services that support prevention and protection are showcased, and attendees are provided one of the most productive opportunities to network with peers who share the same commitment to reducing loss.

There are some activities that occur at the event, in particular the Association’s Annual Meeting and the election of directors to the Board as well as the codes and standards technical meeting that NFPA will handle in a remote manner. According to the announcement, more information on these activities will be forthcoming and posted on the conference website.

The 2021 NFPA Conference & Expo is now scheduled to be held during the week of June 21st, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. It will be the 125th anniversary of NFPA.

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