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Underwriters Laboratories to Host Global Leadership Conference on Fire and Life Safety
Date:9/19/2008

International fire chiefs collaborate to save lives at the industry's first

Global Fire Service Leadership Conference

NORTHBROOK, Ill., Sept. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- In a unique six-day conference, fire service leaders from around the world will gather in Chicago and Washington D.C. to share best practices, sharpen their management and leadership skills and discuss life safety issues facing the fire industry today. The Global Fire Service Leadership Conference, presented by Underwriters Laboratories (UL), a product safety testing organization, will be the first of its kind. The event will start in Chicago on Sept. 21 - 24, and continue in Washington D.C. until Sept. 26. The conference will attract leading fire experts and industry leaders from more than 19 countries.

"The reality is that regardless of where you live, accidental death and property loss from fires or natural disasters are global concerns; materials and products found in our homes or buildings burn in the same manner in Chicago, Beijing, New York, Delhi, Buenos Aires, and every city in between," said Chris Hasbrook, vice president and general manager of UL's Global Fire Sector. "The challenges faced by fire fighters around the world often share more commonality than we realize. The wealth of knowledge these leaders exchange may eventually keep us all safer from fire and disaster."

Developed and fully sponsored by UL, the conference provides fire service leaders from some of the largest jurisdictions in the world the opportunity to share best practices and return home with a global perspective on the issues that most commonly wreak havoc and endanger lives in fire, disaster and emergency situations.

The week-long schedule will include both classroom sessions and hands-on training. Scheduled events include:

-- Participation in incident management exercises with the Chicago Fire Department, Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Washington D.C. Fire
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