Qatar is the latest in a series of Middle Eastern countries seeking training on the use of NFPA codes and standards
Working directly with Qatar’s Civil Defense Agency, NFPA staff developed five sold-out seminars attended by 350 Qatar residents in November. Training topics included NFPA 3, Recommended Practice on Commissioning and Integrated Testing of Fire Protection and Life Safety Systems; NFPA 72®, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code; NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code®; and NFPA codes addressing the installation, inspection, testing, and maintenance of sprinkler systems.

NFPA had initially delivered seminars for Qatar Civil Defense in 2009 through a third party. Taking the lead for the latest round of trainings, NFPA staff met with agency officials in July to determine the country’s codes and standards needs. Among the Qatar seminars was a "specialty standards" seminar developed by NFPA staff that highlighted provisions in NFPA 3 and information on fire suppression systems. Qatar’s Civil Defense Agency will continue talks with NFPA this year to develop additional training programs.

"We’ve received many requests for training from around the Middle East — not just from Qatar, but also from Dubai, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt," says Robert Machado, NFPA’s on-site seminar sales representative. "If Qatar’s Civil Defense Agency is talking about NFPA training, then other agencies are likely to follow."

Saudi Standards Organization and Saudi Building Code National Committee leaders meet at NFPA
Mr. Nabil Molla, President Saudi Standards Organization (SASO) and Mr. Mohammad Al-Nagadi, President of the Saudi Building Code National Committee (SBCNC) met with NFPA executives and technical staff to further their cooperation and update NFPA on the standardization efforts in Saudi Arabia. Both groups signed respective Memorandums for Understanding with NFPA back in December 2007. During the July meeting, SASO and NFPA further signed a license agreement for the adoption of several NFPA standards for limited distribution amoung the government and AHJ’s in the Kingdom. SBCNC has already met the initial objective of its MOU by adopting NFPA material as part of their National Building Code. As both groups work with NFPA and work together, there is great opportunity for continued improvement in the region concerning safety from fire and other hazards borne from the built environment.

NFPA consultant Kwame Cooper, NFPA Public Education Project Manager Lisa Braxton, and NFPA board member Ernest Grant (extreme right) met with City of Johannesburg Emergency Management Services Executive Head Audrey Gule, during their recent visit to South Africa to conduct train-the trainer workshops for firefighters and educators.

NFPA consultant Kwame Cooper, NFPA Public Education Project Manager Lisa Braxton, and NFPA board member Ernest Grant (extreme right) met with City of Johannesburg Emergency Management Services Executive Head Audrey Gule, during their recent visit to South Africa to conduct train-the trainer workshops for firefighters and educators.

Lisa Braxton and the children at the Johannesburg preschool.

Lisa Braxton and the children at the Johannesburg preschool.

Braxton and Grant conduct preschool program training in South Africa
Johannesburg, South Africa - NFPA Public Education project manager, Lisa Braxton, visited with some children at a Johannesburg preschool for a few days in August. She, along with NFPA Board member Ernest Grant and NFPA consultant Kwame Cooper traveled to the city to conduct train-the trainer workshops for firefighters and educators on the South Africa adaptation of NFPA’s Learn Not to Burn® Preschool Program. The trip was a follow-up to a visit in 2005 when the NFPA team traveled to South Africa to begin designing the adaptation with South African educators, health officials and fire officials. The curriculum was completed in 2008. South African officials hope to take the curriculum nationwide and hope that other African countries will be interested as well.

LNTB preschool program extends to Nigeria
Nigeria - The Fire Disaster Prevention and Safety Awareness Association of Nigeria has signed a licensing agreement with NFPA to adapt the Learn Not to BurnR Preschool Programme South Africa for use throughout Nigeria. Nigerian officials say less than 2 percent of the 140 million residents have basic fire safety knowledge. To learn more about this educational program and others offered by NFPA, see Safety Information on the NFPA Web site.

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