NFPA attends ANSI workshop in India
Don Bliss, NFPA Vice President for Field Operations, participated in the ANSI Workshop on Building and Construction Standards in New Delhi, India, February 11-13, 2014. Along with NFPA, members of ANSI, IAPMO, ASHRAE, ASTM, ASME, & UL served on workshop discussion panels. The main focus at the workshop was on the similarities, differences, and potential synergies between US and India standards.
India is anticipating that their cities will double in size over the next 30 years. According to Bliss, “They recognize that there needs to be a major effort to upgrade infrastructure and to develop a capacity for "de-constructing" and re-constructing cities. Urban growth, high-rise, and fire service capabilities are huge challenges”. ANSI and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) will be developing an action plan for promoting the further use and adoption of US standards in India.
NFPA Present at Fire Research Conference in Shenyang, China
NFPA’s Regional Director for China, Yuanjing Liu, represented the Association during the International Conference on Fire Scene Investigation and Evidence Identification Technology, held at the Shenyang Fire Research Center, in Shenyan, China, April 18-19, 2013.
Among the varied presentations, Ronald Hopkins, a member of NFPA’s Technical Committee on Fire Investigations, was invited to give his presentation "Electrical Fire Cause Analysis", which discussed among other things NFPA 921, Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations; NFPA 1033, Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigator; and the NFPA Fire Protection Handbook 20th Edition.
Approximately 200 fire inspectors, researchers, and professors throughout China attended the conference.
While in the area, Liu also toured the Shenyang Fire Research Institute (SFRI), where she met with the Director to discuss a closer working relationship with NFPA in the future, including the translation of related codes and standards as well as becoming more active in NFPA’s code development process.
NFPA Participates in China Fire Expo in Beijing
Organized by the China Fire Protection Association, the 15th edition of the International Fire Protection Equipment Technology Conference and Exposition, or China Fire Expo as it’s known, was held at the China National Convention Centre in Beijing, China, May 7-9, 2013.
As has been the case in years past, NFPA was represented at the event by its Regional Director for China, Yuanjing Liu. NFPA exhibited at the expo and had many visitors from the fire service, fire research institutes, and fire industries throughout China and the more than 70 countries represented among its thousands of participants. Inquiries ranged from membership information to access to NFPA’s more than 300 codes and standards.
China Fire Expo is one of the largest and most influential fire protection events in the world, where 516 companies exhibited in 2013. In addition to the exhibition there were 16 technical symposiums held concurrently.