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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. 

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.  Ms. Heckman serves a Principal member of the NFPA Technical Committee on Pyrotechnics, the Interested Parties for Hazardous Materials Transportation Coalition (often referred to as the IP Group); serves as an Advisor to the International Symposium on Fireworks Society; Vice Chairman of the International Fireworks Association (IFA), and participates in several additional fireworks-related trade/interest groups.

     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.

Members can contact Gregg at: 203 E. Shenango Street, Sharpsville,PA16150   Phone: (724) 962-4061 

  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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