NFPA Fire & Life Safety Ecosystem Symposium

  • Date

    Wednesday, September 28 2022-Thursday, September 29 2022

  • Time

    Multi-day event.

  • Location

    The Hotel at UMD

“We are excited to host this unique event that will not only discuss all aspects of today’s fire problem, but inspire collaborative action to reduce loss. This will be a roll up your sleeves and help solve today’s challenges together type event.” — Dr. Jim Milke, Chair of the Department of Fire Protection Engineering

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the University of Maryland Department of Fire Protection Engineering are now accepting registrations for their inaugural symposium to discuss the principles of the NFPA Fire & Life Safety Ecosystem™ and its application to address today's fire safety issues.

The symposium will bring together researchers, academics, risk managers, code officials, engineers, architects, fire service personnel, public policy makers, and urban planners who will present, collaborate, and learn the principles of the Fire & Life Safety Ecosystem and how to apply them to the fire safety challenges in our modern-day built environment.

The event is limited to 180 participants. Register today!

Presented by:

UMD, Department of Fire Protection Engineering

Featured Speakers:

  • John Barylick, Author, KILLER SHOW: The Station Nightclub Fire, America's Deadliest Rock Concert
  • Chris Connealy, former Texas State Fire Marshal
  • Benjamin Ditch, AVP, Sr. Lead Research Engineer, FM Global
  • Professor Margaret Mcnamee, Division of Fire Safety Engineering, Lund University, Sweden
  • Birgitte Messerschmidt, Director, Applied Research Group, NFPA
  • Jim Pauley, NFPA President and CEO


  • Bring together leaders from across the fire and life safety spectrum to learn about a full safety systems approach and encourage action-oriented collaboration between industry professionals using the principles of the Fire & Life Safety Ecosystem.
  • Build consensus for the development of a multi-disciplinary group at the University of Maryland and universities in the Baltimore-Washington area to collaborate on research and educational programming for university students and working professionals associated with the Fire & Life Safety Ecosystem.
  • Initiate discussion of subsequent symposia that focus on the partner activities related to the Fire & Life Safety Ecosystem.