From the September/October 2011 issue of NFPA Journal®
By Kathleen Almand, P.E., FSFPE
In June, I traveled to Scotland to participate in a seminar at the University of Edinburgh on the topic of university curricula for fire safety engineering. The event was motivated by the need for a new generation of leaders that can guide the profession through the significant transition it is currently experiencing, one that is increasingly characterized by a performance-based design environment coupled with some level of risk analysis. I was asked to share my perspective on the role of codes and standards in the education of fire safety engineers. My central question was this: As the profession develops capable design tools based on a modern understanding of the relationship between buildings, their occupants and contents, and fire safety, is the teaching of codes and standards redundant or out of date?