WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Anniversaries are typically times to reminisce -- to celebrate the fun times.
But, the Fire Protection Research Foundation is taking a different approach next week when it celebrates its 25th anniversary.
They're looking forward.
To honor their milestone, they are hosting a symposium -- Fire Protection and Safety: Preparing for the Next 25 Years.
The event will be held next Monday and Tuesday in Washington, D.C. Panelists will include fire protection specialists, researchers as well as fire service officials.
"Our mission is to conduct research to support the NFPA, which formed us 25 years ago," said Kathleen Almand, executive director.
Data from research conducted has impacted the NFPA standards and codes.
Panelists will discuss such things as technology as it relates to fire safety. The sessions will encourage audience participation.
Foundation officials will use the ideas gathered during the symposium to produce a white paper. "We also will use the information to develop our own strategic agenda," Almand said.
"There are a number of big issues looming such as alternative fuels and hazards," she said, adding that the foundation always has a number of projects underway.
Funding for the research comes from grants and the NFPA which recently committed $6M to the foundation.
"It's essential our work is objective and non-bias," she said, adding that the research is highly-recognized.
In honor of the anniversary, they have made previous projects available for downloading on their Web site.