Believe it or not, NFPA can’t do it all. While we have the world’s best installation, operation and maintenance standards, we need other standards (like product standards) to complement ours. We rely on groups like ASTM International, the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for most standards related to calculation methods. And that is how Rita Fahy and I came to be active in ISO TC92, particularly SC4 on Fire Safety Engineering, which is why Rita, acting through ANSI, invited SC4 and SC3 to have their semi-annual meeting at NFPA.
The meetings during October 21-25 went great. Our international friends from 15 countries enjoyed the NFPA facilities, and several standards took large forward strides, including the standards on human behavior and fire, developed by SC4 WG11, chaired by Rita. Other advances involved balloting of examples of calculations for fire impact on structures, publication of examples on model validation and verification, and progress on design fire scenarios and design fires.
- By NFPA’s Dr. John Hall, Jr.