The Brazil flag was flown today at the NFPA headquarters, in honor of Col. Roberto Fontenelle Damasceno, Director General of Technical Services (Fire Marshal) for the State of Rio de Janeiro Military Fire Brigade. Col. Fontenelle has been participating in the NFPA State Fire Marshal Forum this week and visiting the Quincy, MA office today. He was accompanied by Mr. Anderson Queiroz, a fire protection engineer from Rio, who served as his translator.
We have been working closely with Col. Fontenelle and his staff on the adoption of NFPA 1 Fire Code in the state of Rio de Janeiro. Much like the U.S., the 27 states in Brazil have the authority to adopt and enforce fire codes. Both NFPA 1 and NFPA 101 have been translated into Portuguese, and training has been provided for the Rio fire inspectors. It is NFPA's hope that the code adoption and use efforts in Brazil will continue to expand, particularly as Brazil prepares for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.