NFPA Journal highlights post 9 11 fire and life safety improvements

Published on September 8, 2011
Issue details NFPA’s effort to strengthen codes and standards

September 8, 2011 – The September/October 2011 issue of NFPA Journal®, the official magazine of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), features a special 10th anniversary report of 9/11 detailing how the tragedy led to improvements in city infrastructure and NFPA codes relating to first responder safety, high-rise building safety, and emergency preparedness.

"9/11 will always be considered one of the worst days in American history, and it will also certainly be one of the most important days in the history of NFPA because of the further safeguards to the built environment, and support for emergency responders that followed the attacks," says NFPA President James Shannon. "NFPA has been a very important part of the country’s effort to do everything we can to prepare, in case anything like 9/11 ever happens again."

The attacks on 9/11 made life safety organizations, including NFPA, realize the lengths terrorists would go to harm the U.S. and its residents. NFPA took an all-hazards approach to emergency response, outlining procedures and protections against such large-scale threats as chemical and biological warfare.

This all-hazards approach led to many provisions and even the creation of new codes and standards that deal with first responder safety, high-rise building safety, and emergency preparedness. NFPA 1981, Standard on Open-Circuit Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) for Emergency Services, for example, now requires all SCBA gear to adhere to certifications that provide respiratory protection against chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear attacks.

9/11 brought new emphasis to NFPA’s work as emergency preparedness became a matter of national interest. NFPA 1600®, Standard on Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity Programs, was recognized as a voluntary national preparedness standard by the 9/11 Commission. 

Along with the issue, readers can view video interviews featuring President James Shannon, Senior Fire Investigator Robert Duval and Public Fire Protection Division Manager Ken Willette. James Shannon describes how NFPA’s focused sharpened after 9/11, Robert Duval tells his first-hand account assessing damage at ground zero, and Ken Willette discusses the experience of the fire service following the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.

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