While NFPA has long been a global leader and advocate for fire protection and life safety, in recent years the organization has made expansion of its reach internationally an even greater priority.
“NFPA has many reasons to expand its global influence,” writes Don Bliss, NFPA’s vice president of field operations, in his new “International” column for NFPA Journal, which debuted in the January/February issue. “Through this column, I will describe NFPA’s work around the world to help save lives and reduce loss with information, knowledge, and passion. We are doing a lot of great work with our partners and stakeholders, and there are many stories worth telling.”
Bliss’s new column will focus on NFPA’s many global efforts, from advising the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety to help improve basic safety conditions and worker awareness for Bangladesh’s garment workers, to NFPA's extensive work in South America and the Middle East.
“In my travels around the world, I have learned that NFPA’s reputation and brand are readily recognized and highly regarded,” he writes in his column. “Our standards are in use in more than 50 countries and in 14 languages, and there is no shortage of requests for training and technical guidance from the international fire service, our members, industry, and governmental (and non-governmental) organizations. Developing nations can face huge challenges with population growth, urbanization, substandard building construction, and overwhelmed fire services. NFPA has an inherent social responsibility to share our 119 years of experience and knowledge to help solve these problems and make the world a safer place.”
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