During his term as president, Castillo’s goal is to continue to support the correct implementation of the fire and life safety code, which is based on the adoption of 12 NFPA codes and Standards: NFPA 10, Standard for Portable Fire Extinguishers; NFPA 12, Standard on Carbon Dioxide Extinguishing Systems; NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems; NFPA 14, Standard for the Installation of Standpipes and Hose Systems; NFPA 20, Standard for the Installation of Stationary Pumps for Fire Protection; NFPA 22, Standard for Water Tanks for Private Fire Protection; NFPA 24, Standard for the Installation of Private Fire Service Mains and Their Appurtenances; NFPA 25, Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems; NFPA 70, National Electrical Code®; NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code; NFPA 101, Life Safety Code®; and NFPA 2001, Standard on Clean Agent Fire Extinguishing Systems.
Under Castillo, the Chapter will also contribute to firefighter training through cooperation agreements with the Unión Nacional de Bomberos (UNABOM or National Firefighter Association) and other associations with expertise in NFPA codes and standards and local legislation, as well as support research by educational institutions on fire safety with the objective of increasing the fire safety technical and cultural level.
Finally, Mr. Castillo will look to implement a sustained program to implement NFPA’s Learn Not to Burn (LNTB) program, which teaches youngsters eight key behaviors in avoiding fire hazards and preventing burns. His dedication to public education dates to 2007, when he successfully organized the first training with Antiliano Estrella, a NFPA Public Education Field Advisor.
For over twelve years, Castillo worked for the Dominican National Brewery in the occupational risk management department. Currently, he is the Operations Manager at Fire Technologies (FIRETECH), specializing in the project management in alarm, detection and fire suppression systems for new and existing buildings. Castillo is the vice chairman of the Dominican Society of Occupational Risk Preventers (SODOPRELA) and a member of the United States National Security Council.
The Chapter also introduced two new board members: Ricardo Soto of De Soto Trading and Pedro Jacobo of Jab Seguridad Industrial Laboral. Mr. Jose Abreu Lantigua was named vice president, Lt. Coronel Jose Aira Geraldino was named secretary, and Ms. Soraya Reynoso was elected as the treasurer.
NFPA participates in TecnoEdificios
NFPA’s Colombia Chapter and the NFPA Journal Latinoamericano participated in the third annual Tecnoedificios Conference and Expo held in Medellin, Colombia on November 8 and 9, 2012.
At its booth, members of Colombia’s NFPA Chapter were able to make important contacts with other institutions and professionals in the building management sector interested in learning about NFPA and the Chapter’s activities. Additionally, Salvador Gomez, Vice-President of the NFPA Mexico Chapter, participated as a speaker with the session “Fundamental aspects of electronic security: an overview of the NFPA Standards 730 and 731”.
Tecnoedificios is an event for operators, administrators and managers of modern buildings in Latin America, focusing on best practices for building management and operation, energy efficiency, safety, integration, HVAC and sustainability. The event attracted 3,491 visitors, 73% of which were building managers. Integrators, suppliers and contractors, were also part of the group of professionals who visited the event.
Mexico NFPA Chapter November technical breakfast
The NFPA Mexico Chapter hosted a technical breakfast on November 14, 2012 in Mexico City to discuss the advantages, challenges, and the future of flexible sprinkler piping. Participants reviewed the history of flexible piping, and explored its benefits and current challenges. Chuck Oakes, Victaulic sales manager for North America, was the event’s speaker. In addition to the people present at the breakfast, 20 others joined in via live meeting via Internet.
NFPA Venezuela Chapter attends Segurshow 2013
The Chapter’s board members attended the conference and expo to provide attendees with information about the Chapter and the activities it performs in the country. They promoted NFPA codes and standards and membership, as a reference and support tool for the COVENIN standards in effect in Venezuela.
Venezuela NFPA Chapter president Leopoldo Torrealba, Vice-president Carlos Guerrero and directors Haward Méndez, Luis Fernando Chacón and Rafael Garcia attended the event. Also in attendance was the Chapter’s past president Fernando Chacón.
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