NFPA, Research Foundation and NIOSH sign MOU at NFPA headquarters

September 23, 2015 – The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the Fire Protection Research Foundation (Research Foundation) - the research affiliate of NFPA, and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today at NFPA headquarters in Quincy, Mass. The signing represents the third agreement between the two organizations and an alliance that began some 10 years ago.

The MOU solidifies the pathway for NFPA, the Research Foundation and NIOSH to continue working collaboratively on multiple projects and initiatives, particularly those that address fire fighter health and safety.

Jim Pauley, NFPA president, Casey Grant, executive director for the Research Foundation, and Dr. John Howard, director of NIOSH, signed the agreement.

“Continuing our dedicated partnership with NIOSH gives us access to an expanded range of resources, including technical information, testing data, performance standards, and research studies,” said Pauley. “I’m confident that our ongoing work together will help further our shared goal of maximizing fire fighter health and safety.”

As an example of these ongoing collaborative activities, the Research Foundation has already begun working in coordination with NIOSH on a comprehensive, four-phase research project to identify what procedures are needed to ensure optimum contaminant removal from fire fighter personal protective equipment (PPE).

“We are very excited for this opportunity to continue our partnership with NFPA and the Research Foundation,” said Dr. Howard. “Our nation relies on fire fighters to keep us safe from threats and today’s MOU helps to ensure that we can continue to work together on important research to ensure their health and safety.”

About the Fire Protection Research Foundation
The Fire Protection Research Foundation plans, manages, and communicates research on a broad range of fire safety issues in support of the NFPA mission. The Foundation is an affiliate of NFPA.

About the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
Founded in 1896, NFPA is a global, nonprofit organization devoted to eliminating death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards. The association delivers information and knowledge through more than 300 consensus codes and standards, research, training, education, outreach and advocacy; and by partnering with others who share an interest in furthering the NFPA mission. For more information visit www.nfpa.org. All NFPA codes and standards can be viewed online for free at www.nfpa.org/freeaccess.

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