In his first official remarks to attendees at the NFPA Conference & Expo yesterday in Chicago, President Jim Pauley shared examples – historically, globally, and locally – of how NFPA and its members have been at the forefront of fire and life safety for nearly 120 years.
And as times changes, he said, with new safety challenges, NFPA needs to continually ask itself – Who are we? What do we do? How do we do it? And how can we have the greatest impact? Mr. Pauley described a long-range strategic planning effort that helped the association identify its “end point”.
“Through this process, we had lots of discussion of what we aspire to be, and our view of an ideal future state,” he said. He then unveiled the new NFPA vision:
“We are the leading global advocate for the elimination of death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards.”
Mr. Pauley stressed a few key phrases from the vision statement: “global advocate” – we want to be known around the world as the leading advocate to reduce loss; “elimination” – our vision is to get to zero loss, where no one dies or is injured by fire; and a focus that includes “economic loss”, not just death and property loss.
Mr. Pauley says as NFPA moves forward, the association needs continual feedback and input from members, customers, partners, and other constituents. He posed two questions -- if you've not already answered, we'd love to hear your thoughts:
- What does NFPA as an information and knowledge organization mean to you?
- What can we do for you and with you to move us closer to our vision?