Doubling down

How NFPA is boosting its efforts to address fire and life safety threats worldwide. Not long after its founding in 1896, NFPA began to address fire safety issues on a global scale. While this international focus has never wavered, the…

Determined Cause

Across the globe, fire investigations are still more intuition than science. But that’s changing. Fire investigation is a vital component of fire prevention and mitigation—if we don’t know what happened we can’t learn from our mistakes and could be doomed…

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…

Getting out

Tragedies in Portugal and elsewhere demonstrate the complexity and necessity of wildfire evacuation plans. After the devastating wildfires that killed more than 60 people in Portugal last June, The New York Times ran a series of haunting photos, including images…

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…

New Vision, New Mission – But the Goal Remains the Same: Saving Lives and Reducing Loss

As many of you are aware, we just finished our Conference and Expo in Chicago. The event was a great success; the general session, featured presentation and educational sessions received great reviews from attendees from all over the globe, and…

Measured + Managed – Applying data to the multi-faceted global fire problem

‘If we have data, let’s look at the data. If all we have is opinions, let’s go with mine.’ Jim Barksdale, the former CEO of Netscape, is credited for this famous phrase. Data is everywhere, but analysis of it is…

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…

NFPA’s Conference and Expo 2014

Meeting the needs of our international members and volunteers Every year, thousands of fire, electrical and building safety professionals from the United States and around the world come together for the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) annual Conference and Expo…

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