NFPA signs agreement with Chinese Fire Department for translation and use of key codes and standards

Published on November 10, 2004
Pact useful in enhancing safety for the 2008 Olympic sites in Beijing

November 10, 2004—In a groundbreaking agreement signed last month, between the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the National Technical Committee for Fire Protection Standardization, a committee of the Fire Department, Ministry of Public Security in China, 26 NFPA codes and standards will be translated into Chinese and used in the coming months.

The licensing agreement was signed in Beijing by James M. Shannon, NFPA president and Major General Guo of the Ministry of Public Security in China. The Fire Department will translate the codes, and NFPA will follow-up with significant training. 

The translation and use of these NFPA codes and standards will guide Chinese authorities as they ready Olympic sites for the 2008 Games in Beijing

“We are pleased to work with the Ministry of Public Security and General Guo in translating NFPA’s key codes,” said Shannon. “The availability of our codes and standards in China will enhance fire and life safety for residents and visitors, and we are confident that these enhancements to safety in China will have a lasting impact beyond the Olympics.”

The codes to be translated are:

  • NFPA 1, Uniform Fire Code, 2003 edition
  • NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems, 2002 edition
  • NFPA 13D, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One- and Two Family Dwellings and Manufactured Homes, 2002 edition
  • NFPA 13E, Recommended Practice for Fire Department Operations in Properties Protected by Sprinkler and Standpipe Systems, 2000 edition
  • NFPA 13R, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems in Residential Occupancies Up to and Including Four Stories in Height, 2002 edition
  • NFPA 30, Flammable and Combustible Liquids Code, 2003 edition
  • NFPA 54, National Fuel Gas Code, 2002 edition]
  • NFPA 70, National Electrical Code®, 2002 edition
  • NFPA 72®, National Fire Alarm Code®, 2002 edition
  • NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code®, 2000 edition
  • NFPA 101A, Guide on Alternative Approaches to Life Safety, 2004 edition
  • NFPA 101B, Code for Means of Egress for Buildings and Structures, 2002 edition
  • NFPA 130, Standards for Fixed Guideway Transit and Passenger Rail Systems, 2003 edition
  • NFPA 230, Standard for the Fire Protection of Storage, 2003 edition
  • NFPA 520, Standard on Subterranean Spaces, 1999 edition
  • NFPA 750, Standard on Water Mist Fire Protection Systems, 2003 edition
  • NFPA 909, Code for the Protection of Cultural Resources, 2001 edition
  • NFPA 914, Code for Fire Protection of Historic Structures, 2001 edition
  • NFPA 921, Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations, 2004 edition
  • NFPA 1031, Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Inspector and Plan Examiner, 2003 edition
  • NFPA 1141, Standard for Fire Protection in Planned Building Groups, 2003 edition
  • NFPA 1500, Standard on Fire Department Occupational Safety and Health Program, 2002 edition
  • NFPA 1901, Standard for Automotive Fire Apparatus, 2003 edition
  • NFPA 1971, Standard on Protective Ensemble for Structural Fire Fighting, 2000 edition
  • NFPA 1983, Standard on Fire Service Life Safety Rope and System Components, 2001 edition
  • NFPA 1600, Standard on Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity Programs, 2004 edition

Other NFPA codes and standards may be translated into Chinese in the near future.

In Beijing, Shannon also served as the keynote speaker for the China Fire 2004 Conference.

NFPA has been a worldwide leader in providing fire, electrical, building, and life safety to the public since 1896. The mission of the international nonprofit organization is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating scientifically-based consensus codes and standards, research, training and education.