According to NFPA’s new vision statement, the Association is “the leading global advocate for the elimination of death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical, and related hazards.” While the mention of economic loss is new, there’s nothing groundbreaking about the concept for NFPA, says Kathleen Almand, vice-president of Research at NFPA.
Almand notes that it became apparent that the cost of fire and fire protection occupies a more prominent place in conversations about fire safety during the research the Fire Protection Research Foundation did to prepare the Association’s new strategy. It also became clear that the cost of fire involves more than just the cost of fire department operations, sprinkler installation, and the like.
It also involves the cost of fire injuries and the environmental costs of fire. To that end, the Foundation investigated the impact of home fire sprinklers in reducing the cost of fire injuries, and completed a report, "The Environmental Impact of Fire," which it recently published online.
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