One insider's plans for the NFPA show

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Monday, June 1, 2009

CARMEL, Calif.--The NFPA show this year will be the 20th for Art Black, who retired as fire marshal in this city. He now works with a number of local central coast jurisdictions as a contract fire marshal and fire inspector.

Black agreed to outline his plans for the NFPA show for Security Systems News. On Sunday, June 7, he’ll be teaching a pre-conference seminar on the 2010 national fire alarm code. Black is active on several NFPA committees and the national board of the Automatic Fire Alarm Association, so the next three days he plans to check out several technical committee reports and the AFAA breakfast meeting.

Black said he always spends a chunk of time checking out the show floor. “I don’t buy anything because that’s not my job, but I do review plans for fire alarms and fire sprinklers and seeing the new technology and talking to company representatives will help me do my job better.”

The most important part of the show for Black, he said, is the networking. “Other than sitting on boards and committees, I don’t get a chance to interact with people in the industry much; this is my one chance during the year to do that.”