Fire code officials

The question of the day: what is the NFPA Electrical Inspectors Section (EIS)?

NFPA’s commitment to electrical safety has not wavered since our founding in 1896. Over the last 125 years, we have supported many different stakeholder groups (architects, contractors, designers, engineers, first responders, and inspectors, to name a few!), each with a unique role and different objectives, but all with the shared bond of a commitment to the elimination of death, injury, property, and economic loss due to fire, electrical, and other related hazards.

A brief history of the NFPA Electrical Inspectors Section (EIS)

We are continually learning about how people work and what they want from NFPA. One thing we heard loud and clear from the electrical inspection community several years ago was a stated need for a unified voice in the code making process, in advocating for the use and enforcement of current codes, in receiving top-notch training, and for support in keeping communities safer. As a result, we leveraged our existing and successful membership and member section model to create a space solely for that community—the NFPA Electrical Inspectors Section. Membership in the Electrical Inspector Section is open to any NFPA member who is directly employed by or contracted to a public agency that promulgates and/or enforces codes and standards and performs one or more of the following activities: field electrical inspections, electrical plans review, or administration/supervision of personnel performing field electrical inspections and/or plans review. To be clear, you can join the section if you are a combination inspector (multi-hat) or building official, as long as you meet the criteria noted.  

Help us design the future

As the global pandemic’s hold on our business loosens and we hear more from those involved with electrical inspections, we have renewed our focus on how our membership offerings, tools, and solutions can best enable the code compliance function in jurisdictions around the world.  If you are a current member of NFPA, we encourage you to join the section and to help us continue to build the community—we anticipate making substantive enhancements in response to changing conditions and also in response to your direct inputs.  If you are not a member of NFPA but have thoughts on what NFPA can do to support the unique needs of those involved with electrical inspections, we’d love to hear from you—send your thoughts by email to electricalinspectors@nfpa.org (or if you want to talk to someone, let us know that in the email and include your contact information).  We encourage all of you to stay tuned for information as we develop offerings for you.

Build important connections

While we know how important it is to preserve your independent voice, we also know how important achieving compliance through collaboration is to you—you need to work with people in many roles who have varying degrees of understanding of the National Electrical Code® and how its requirements are applied. NFPA has member sections in support of these other groups, and we believe that collaborating across relevant sections is the perfect way to work together while ensuring that electrical inspection interests retain an independent voice. Our current structure supports the best-of-both-worlds approach that you need to be successful.

Access to valuable NFPA resources

Whether you are or aren’t a member of NFPA, we’d like to remind you of two benefits we provide to all AHJs in support of your important work:

Free Technical Question Service. NFPA allows AHJs/Public Sector Officials to utilize this service to receive one-on-one help with technical standards questions.

Enforcer Funding Program. NFPA provides funding for Technical Committee (“Committee”) participation for certain public sector Committee members who have been designated by the NFPA Standards Council, for purposes of committee balance, in the category of “Enforcing Authority (E)” (“Enforcers”). The Program will provide reimbursement for the reasonable and necessary Covered Expenses actually incurred in connection with attendance at the NFPA Technical Committee meetings commonly referred to as the First Draft meeting and the Second Draft meeting (“the Covered Meeting” or “Meeting.”). For the National Electrical Code project, volunteers are called panel members and meetings are called panel meetings – the Enforcer Fund applies equally to panel members and panel meetings

We also support the needs of all stakeholders by making all of our codes and standards available to read online for free. (This is how you can get to the free version of NFPA 78, Guide on Electrical Inspections.) Our regional operations team in the field can support you as well.

As a global, self-funded nonprofit organization, we are continually talking to stakeholders and evaluating what we deliver to you, and how we deliver it. Historically, we gave many of our tools and solutions (code books and training, for example) to others for delivery to you. At this point in time, we strongly believe that both you and NFPA will benefit from more personal relationships and a more direct delivery of services and solutions to help you do your job. As we look to deepen these relationships and to work together to solve shared problems, we encourage you to share your thoughts with us at electricalinspectors@nfpa.org. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Nicole Comeau
Stakeholder Development Director | Executive Secretary, International Fire Marshals Association (IFMA)

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