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Highlights & News

June 30, 2016
Click here to see APA's 2016 "must see" fireworks displays for July 4th.

June 27, 2016
The APA urges fireworks safety this July 4th. 

June 14, 2016
2016 July 4th media resources, APA members click here.

June 6, 2016
CVSA Roadcheck June 7-9, click here for driver checklist safety tips.

June 1, 2016
West Virginia liberalizes consumer fireworks regulations, click here for a summary.

April 20, 2016
PHMSA issues clarification regarding Designated Agents, view notice here.

April 5,
2016
PHMSA publishes Final Rule on Reverse Logistics.

March 10, 2016
FMCSA publishes Proposed Rule on Entry Level Driver Training requirements.

March 8, 2016
View key presentations from the 2016 APA Winter Conference here.

December 16, 2015
FMCSA publishes Final Rule on Electric Logging Devices.

November 25, 2015
2016 APA Winter Conference Feb. 23-25, see a sneak peak here.

October 20, 2015
House T&I Committee introduces surface transportation reauthorization & reform legislation, read more

September 1, 2015
Tianjin, China explosions create uncertain shipping delays, read more here.

August 6, 2015
Senate confirms new PHMSA Administrator, Marie Dominguez.

June 29, 2015
FMCSA grants APA HOS waiver request, see notice.

June 26, 2015
CPSC announces drop in fireworks related injuries, read more. 

June 5, 2015
APA supported legislation to safeguard seaports from disruptions introduced by Sen. Cory Gardner (CO)

June 3, 2015
President Obama nominates next PHMSA Administrator

May 22, 2015
Remember to Celebrate Safely this holiday weekend as we remember our U.S. heros. 

Contact Us

APA Main Office Address:  7910 Woodmont Avenue
                                               Suite 1220
                                               Bethesda, MD  20814
                                               Phone:  (301) 907-8181
                                               Fax:      (301) 907-9148

Gregg Smith Address:        203 East Shenango Street
                                              Sharpsville, PA  16150
                                              Phone:       (724) 962-4061

Staff            

Julie L. Heckman - Executive Director, jheckman@americanpyro.com
Ms. Julie L. Heckman is the Executive Director of the APA and is responsible for the overall operation of the association.  She directs the regulatory affairs of the APA and is the principal representative of the APA with the various agencies that interface with the fireworks industry.  She has considerable expertise in workplace safety, consumer products, and hazardous materials regulations and serves as the key spokesperson for the industry with press and media. 

Gregg S. Smith - Safety Program Manager, gsmith@americanpyro.com
Mr. Gregg Smith handles a variety of safety and compliance projects for the APA with a particular focus on transportation and ATF matters.  Gregg also works closely with APA’s Transportation and Public Display committees to help ensure Association regulatory projects and issues are promptly and thoroughly addressed.  Mr. Smith has primary responsibility for conducting safety training programs for industry members, government agencies, and fire service officials.

Annelise Gillespie – Manager, Admin.  & Member Services, agillespie@americanpyro.com
Ms. Annelise Gillespie is responsible for managing the APA office and for providing administrative, logistical, and communications support to the Executive Director to further the association’s strategic objectives.  Additionally, she is responsible for developing & managing member programs and services and assists with conference planning and works with the APA Membership and Convention committees.      

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