2022 Innovation in Safety Symposium

June 28, 2022 – June 29, 2022, All Day

Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District – 400 Arch Street , Philadelphia, PA
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2022 Innovation in Safety Symposium

Did you hear that the NFFF is proudly hosting the 2nd Fire Service Innovation in Safety Symposium?

The 2022 Innovation in Safety Symposium supports Initiative #8 and will focus on the future of technology in the fire service. Over the course of two days, participants will experience engaging topics and networking events. The Symposium will feature panel discussions, TEDs-like presentations, short case studies, and workshops. A Vendor Showcase will provide networking opportunities and highlight companies and organizations supporting leading advancements in fire service-related technology.

Attendees will experience a highly interactive agenda. 2022 Innovation in Safety Symposium topics will address:

  • Electric fire apparatus,
  • Personal protection equipment (materials, monitoring, physiological stress reduction),
  • Roadway safety (such as struck-by prevention & autonomous vehicles),
  • Station alerting advancements (stress reduction technologies),
  • Electronic incident management,
  • Immersive learning (AR/VR),
  • Robotics/Drones,
  • Firefighter tracking technology (FRST Challenge),
  • Community risk reduction (data tools),
  • Wildfire/WUI (prediction, computational modeling) and more.
Dean Erika James

Keynote Speaker:
Dean Erika James

Wharton School

Dean James became the dean of the Wharton School on July 1, 2020. Trained as an organizational psychologist, Dean James is a leading expert on crisis leadership, workplace diversity and management strategy. Prior to her appointment at Wharton, Dean James was the John H. Harland Dean at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School from 2014 to 2020.

An award-winning educator, accomplished consultant, and researcher, she is the first woman and first person of color to be appointed dean in Wharton’s 141-year history. As such she has paved the way for women in leadership both in education and corporate America. Dean James has been instrumental in developing groundbreaking executive education programs, including the Women’s Leadership program at the University of Virginia’s Darden School.

Dean James serves on the boards of Morgan Stanley, SurveyMonkey, and nonprofits Save the Children and the Philadelphia Orchestra.

This event is capped at 100 attendees.

UL’s Fire Safety Research Institute Tour

Reserve your spot to attend UL’s facility and structures tour on June 30, 2022, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. During the optional field trip, UL will be conducting an experiment to examine the impact of ventilation. Check out this recently released video on a Search & Rescue study. The tour will include the facility and structures where these experiments were conducted. Space is limited – registration is on a first come, first served basis.

Please contact Caitlin McGuire with questions at [email protected].

Thank You to Our Partners & Sponsors

Event Partners

Philadelphia Fire Department

The NFFF thanks the Philadelphia Fire Department and Commissioner Adam Thiel for their generosity and support in hosting this event.

AFG Fire Prevention & Safety Grants

Funding for this Symposium has been provided through FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters – Fire Prevention and Safety Grant Program

The UL Fire Safety Research Institute welcomes attendees to visit their testing facility at the Delaware Country Emergency Services Training Center on Thursday, June 30th.

Become a Sponsor

Gold Corporate Sponsor


Good as Gold. Make the statement that your organization is a key NFFF partner, dedicated to collaborating to bring this summit to attendees and those who access all of the Summit Final reports.

  • Two corporate representatives to attend the event
  • Make remarks at the Opening Reception on June 28th (3-5 minutes)
  • Recognition at the Opening and Closing general sessions via verbal and physical acknowledgement to include tent cards on tables, and marketing display materials (provided by sponsor)
  • One exhibitor table to showcase and highlight products and information
  • Acknowledgment on NFFF social media blasts sent out leading up to and during the event

Welcome Reception (Monday, June 27)


Be the host to welcome all attendees to the Summit. After registration, guests will be encouraged to start their experience at this event located within walking distance of the host hotel at the Philadelphia Fire Museum, Fireman’s Hall, where attendees can meet other attendees, make connections and begin discussions.

  • Guests will enjoy dinner and drinks
  • Two corporate representatives to attend the event and provide remarks (3 minutes)
  • Acknowledgement at the Opening General Session
  • One exhibitor table to showcase and highlight products and information

Networking Reception (Tuesday, June 28)


Innovation in Safety comes to a formal close at this gathering located at Local Union 22 Philadelphia Firefighters and Paramedics Union. By sponsoring this event, your company provides the final messaging to attendees.

  • Guests will enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres and drinks
  • Two corporate representatives to attend the event and provide remarks (3 minutes)
  • Acknowledgement at the Closing General Session
  • One exhibitor table to showcase and highlight products and information

Optional Field Trip to UL FSRI Site (Thursday, June 30)


UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute is offering demonstrations and tours of their laboratory and experimental buildings at the Delaware Country Emergency Training Center from 9a to noon. Be the host to support transportation (up to 50 people) from the hotel to the facility with a captive audience along for the ride.

  • Lite snacks, sodas and waters will be made available
  • One corporate representative to attend the event and provide remarks (2-3 minutes)

Lunch Sponsor (Two available)


Your organization will be recognized as Lunch Sponsor on either June 28th or June 29th.

  • Opportunity to have one corporate representative attend the event
  • Acknowledgement tent cards on tables during lunch
  • One handout/trinket on tables during lunch (provided by sponsor)

Table Top Exhibitor (June 27 – 29, 2022)


Be at the center of the action and interface with attendees. This is a platform to unveil new products and services in front of over 100 of fire service leaders and fire service rising stars without having to secure individual business appointments.

  • One exhibit badge which provides you the opportunity attend the Opening and Closing general sessions. Additional exhibit badge available for $500
  • Booth package: One 6’ draped table, two side chairs, one wastebasket, location is carpeted.

Safety Summit Supporter


Perhaps you can’t be in attendance, or simply want to support this important safety discussions. We will acknowledge your support and commitment to improving the safety of the fire service.

All sponsors who support the summit will receive the following benefits in addition to those listed above:

  • Listing of appreciation in the Firefighter Life Safety Summit Final Report
  • Recognition on a slide during the Opening and Closing general sessions
  • Acknowledgement on all printed materials if investment is $10,000 or greater
  • Sponsor brick on the Walk of Honor® in the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Park*
  • Listing in the Sponsors Section on the NFFF website and in the NFFF’s Annual Impact Report*

*If investment is $2,500 or greater

For more information about how your company can support this or other NFFF Fire Service Programs events, please contact Caitlin McGuire at [email protected] or (703) 862-1579.