The Finnish flag flew over NFPA offices in Quincy, Mass. recently to honor a delegation visiting from Finland, organized by The Finnish National Rescue Association (SPEK). The delegation brought together 13 high-ranking officials from government and private fire and safety organizations located in various regions in Finland, including the capital, Helsinki. Guests were welcomed by NFPA President Jim Shannon and attended presentations given by NFPA staffers, Don Bliss, Olga Caledonia, Guy Colonna, and Orlando Hernandez. Casey Grant of the Fire Protection Research Foundation, an affiliate of NFPA, also presented to the group.
The Finnish National Rescue Association (SPEK) is a member
of the Confederation of Fire Protection Associations- International (CFPA-I®). CFPA-I, is a body of leading fire protection organizations from around the world that have joined forces to collectively direct their resources at reducing the global fire problem and increasing life safety. NFPA serves as the Secretariat for this 25 member group of international fire protection associations. NFPA’s Vice President of Field Operations Don Bliss serves as one of its four directors and Christine Ellis, also of NFPA, serves at the administrator for the Secretariat.
While in the United States, the Finnish Delegation is planning to study harsh and extreme conditions and situations from the point of view of cooperative possibilities. The group will also look at preventive work of officers and other operators working on safety and security, preparedness, and rescue.