More than 250 people interested in fire, life and electrical safety gathered in San Jose, Costa Rica this week for Congreso de Protección Integral de la Vida y las Edificaciones – VIED –2014. The third event of its kind was hosted by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the School of Electrical Engineers, Mechanical and Industrial, (CIEMI). CIEMI is one of five schools that make up the Association of Engineers and Architects of Costa Rica.
NFPA has been working with CIEMI for ten years. Costa Rica is an excellent example of how NFPA works with people and organizations from all over the world to spread the fire, life and electrical safety message. The collaboration over the last decade has resulted in the adoption of NPFA 70, National Electrical Code and increasing use and interest in a number of additional NFPA codes and standards to better protect people and property in Costa Rica.
During the Third Congress there were more than 20 sessions on the topics relevant to some of the most pressing issues in Costa Rica addressed by our codes and standards. The sessions were conducted by speakers from Argentina, Colombia, Dominican Republic, México, Peru, Venezuela and the United States.