The first “Fire Protection International Forum – Mexico 2016”, held in Mexico City on September 13-14, 2016, was a success for its two co-sponsors: the Fire Sprinkler Association of Mexico (AMRACI) and the new Consejo Nacional De Protección Contra Incendio(National Council on Fire Protection), or CONAPCI. The event featured a product expo as well as two days of parallel sessions on various fire protection topics from an international roster of speakers. Speakers included IFSA Board Member Larry Thau and Managing Director Russ Fleming, who was honored at the event with a lifetime achievement plaque.
The new CONAPCI organization actually held its organizational meeting just prior to the event, and elected David Morales of FM Global as its inaugural president. The new organization ( www.conapci.org ) hopes to influence fire protection regulations in Mexico.
The Forum also coincided (September 12-16) with the 2nd “Campaña Nacional de Protección contra Incendios”, (National Fire Protection Campaign), an effort to build public knowledge of fire safety. The effort is officially led through a burn foundation named Prevenir (website www.prevenir.org.mx). Support for the program was demonstrated by the wearing of orange lapel ribbons. While the Forum itself had about 200 registrants, it is estimated that more than a thousand took advantage of the exposition, and plans will be announced shortly for the 2017 event.