From left to right: Director Dr. John Howard, President Jim Pauley and Executive Director Casey Grant sign MOU between NIOSH, NFPA and the Fire Protection Research Foundation, respectively
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the Fire Protection Research Foundation (Research Foundation) - the research affiliate of NFPA, and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today at NFPA headquarters in Quincy, MA. The signing represents the third agreement between the two organizations and an alliance that began some 10 years ago.
The MOU, which was signed by Jim Pauley, NFPA president, Casey Grant, executive director for the Research Foundation, and Dr. John Howard, director of NIOSH, solidifies the pathway for NFPA, the Research Foundation and NIOSH to continue working collaboratively on multiple projects and initiatives, particularly those that address fire fighter health and safety.
As an example of these ongoing collaborative activities, the Research Foundation is currently working in coordination with NIOSH on a comprehensive, four-phase research project to identify what procedures are needed to ensure optimum contaminant removal from fire fighter personal protective equipment (PPE).
“We are very excited for this opportunity to continue our partnership with NFPA and the Research Foundation,” said Dr. Howard. “Our nation relies on fire fighters to keep us safe from threats and today’s MOU helps to ensure that we can continue to work together on the important research to ensure their health and safety.”