NFPA on the scene following the deadly Brazil nightclub fire

Blog Post created by freddurso Employee on Mar 21, 2013
Brazil fire
Outside the Boate Kiss nightclub on January 27. So far the fire has claimed 239 lives, making it the deadliest fire in Brazil in more than 50 years. (Photo: AP/Wide World)

The devastating fire at the Boate Kiss nightclub in Santa Maria, Brazil, killed nearly 240 people--most of them students--and has become the third-deadliest nightclub fire in world history.

NFPA representatives saw the devastation firsthand during a recent trip to the college town and met with fire officials to discuss how NFPA can help expedite the adoption of more stringent fire protection and life safety codes.

NFPA Journal executive editor Scott Sutherland recentlly interviewed NFPA's Jim Dolan and fire protection consultant Jaime Moncada about their recent trip. "We met with the fire marshal for the state [of Rio de Janeiro], and right away he said, 'We don't want to reinvent the wheel. It would be expeditious if we could adapt your codes,'" Moncada told Sutherland. "We are very encouraged by this--we have a window here and it may represent an opportunity for adoption of NFPA codes in Brazil."

Read the full story in Journal's new issue, and check out the other In A Flash items (which follow the Brazil story), including a new video game that's getting fire safety experts heated and the Fire Protection Research Foundation's analyses on lithium-ion batteries.