Jim Pauley and Don Bliss pose in front of the fire operations simulator at the Civil Defence Fire Academy in Singapore.
“Fire Safety & Emergency Management, The Way Forward” was the theme of this week's Fire Safety Asia Conference in Singapore. This event, held every three years, hosts building industry practitioners and disaster managers from around the world to network and share ideas, experiences and best practices. The conference is hosted by the National Fire and Civil Emergency Preparedness Council (NFEC) and Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF).
Attending this year's conference were NFPA President Jim Pauley, who presented the day 2 keynote address on the current and future challenges of fire protection, and Don Bliss, NFPA vice president of field operations, who led a discussion on the challenges faced by first responders during Hurricane Sandy.
"We had the opportunity to meet with fire service leaders from throughout the Pacific-Asia region, including Singapore, Malaysia, China, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Japan, Bangladesh as well as Israel," reports Don. "Jim also visited the Singapore Civil Defence Force (fire service) headquarters, and we both toured the Civil Defence Fire Academy. Of particular interest was a demonstration of their incident command/fire operations virtual simulator."
Jim Pauley with Danielle Cotton, Assistant Commissioner with the London Fire Brigade, who was also a keynote speaker, representing Commissioner Ron Dobson.
Christopher Tan, Assistant Commissioner of the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) and Director of the Fire Safety & Shelter Department, poses with Jim Pauley.
From left: Rob Rogers, Deputy Commissioner of the New South Wales (Australia) Rural Fire Service, Greg Mullins, Commissioner of New South Wales Fire & Rescue, and NFPA President Jim Pauley.