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

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-- Presentations on the latest groundbreaking research projects from National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and UL

-- Panel discussions on life safety issues led by the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

Global fire service leaders confirmed to attend represent Argentina (Argentina), Brazil (San Paulo), Canada (Ottawa), China (Hong Kong), France (Paris), Germany (Frankfurt), India (Delhi, Mumbai), Indonesia (Jakarta), Italy (Rome), Japan (Tokyo), South Korea (Seoul), Mexico (Mexico City), Nigeria (Lagos), Qatar (Doha), Singapore, South Africa (Johannesburg), United Arab Emirates (Dubai), United States (Phoenix, San Francisco, District of Columbia, Chicago, Chelmsford, New York City, Columbus, Janesville, and New Orleans) and Viet Nam (Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City).

"The International Association of Fire Chiefs strongly supports this conference because it offers a unique opportunity to share best practices from around the world," said IAFC Executive Director Mark W. Light, CAE. "We are pleased that many of the IAFC leaders will participate, and we anticipate new synergies on a global level as a result of their work with their international counterparts at this conference."

One specific Chicago event features fire chiefs from Mexico, Hong Kong, India, Nigeria and South Africa visiting Chicago Public School students at five elementary schools in ethnically diverse neighborhoods on Wednesday, Sept. 24. During the visits, fire chiefs will discuss fire safety awareness in their native languages with Chicago residents from their native countries. The schools the fire service leaders will visit include Perez Elementary, Haines Elementary, Volta Elementary, Canter Middle School, and Lincoln Elementary.

Underwriters Laboratories is an independent product safety certification organization that has been testing products and writing Standards for Safety
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