Dolnald P. Bliss
Dolnald P. Bliss
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Vice President, Field Operations, at NFPA

Safety, Defined – Creating a training program for life safety professionals around the world.

The quote was blunt: “This incident should not have happened in our country in the 21st century.” It came from the preliminary report, released in December, which reviewed the United Kingdom’s building regulations and fire safety practices after last summer’s…

A matter of will

After a string of recent tragedies, is the world finally ready to do what’s needed to protect people? The world knows a lot about fire; we know how to prevent it and how to keep people from dying from it.…

The safety priority

How can we address the most pressing issues of international fire safety? As you’re no doubt aware, 36 people died in Oakland in December when a fire broke out in a warehouse, known as the Ghost Ship, that was being…

Security balance – Why security safety in public places needs to be synonymous with life safety

Brussels, Paris, Orlando, and Istanbul are all beautiful cities, centers of commerce, and cultural hubs. Sadly, they are also the targets of recent horrific terrorist attacks. Terrorists continue to refine their ability to zero in on so-called “soft targets” such…

Big data, global data – Why it’s critical to evaluate fire data from around the world

Without accurate fire data, governments and safety advocates are unable to justify the need for fire prevention, public education, and code enforcement capabilities. The headlines from around the world are becoming all too frequent: “Massive New Year’s Eve fire erupts…

The NFPA view on global fire and life safety issues

When Jim Pauley, NFPA’s president, unveiled the organization’s new vision and mission at the annual conference last summer, he emphasized that NFPA is “the leading global advocate for the elimination of death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire,…

Commitment to Global Outreach

For the past 18 months, I have had the opportunity to travel the world as NFPA’s global ambassador. I have presented at conferences, visited fire academies and firehouses, met with other standards developers, engaged with NFPA’s international chapter members, and…

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