Beginning in 2005, The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) will combine its two annual meetings into one conference. At the organization’s regular meeting this month, the board of directors voted to combine the Fall Educational Conference with the World Safety Conference and Exposition (WSCE), also known as the “annual meeting.”

The association made the decision after members started raising concerns about attending two conferences, given demanding work and family schedules. The NFPA also voted to move the annual meeting month from May to June for more flexibility in scheduling sites and to allow for more review time for the codes and standards-making process.

However, this year’s conferences will remain separate events. The WSCE will take place May 23-26 in Salt Lake City and the Fall Educational Conference will be held November 13-17 in Miami Beach.

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