Countries worldwide turn to NFPA for our codes and standards, and as a resource for information and knowledge on all things related to fire, life, and electrical safety. This week NFPA President Jim Pauley is in Panama, one of the international regions that has not only taken steps to officially adopt NFPA codes, but to actually enforce them. In fact, the Panama Canal, one of the engineering wonders of the world, uses NFPA codes and standards to protect the people and property in its wake.
Pauley is meeting with fire officials to thank them for their long-standing relationship with NFPA, and to celebrate the country’s adoption of NFPA 1 as its National Fire Code. Pauley expressed gratitude for the 30-year collaboration with the Panamanian government, and commended officials and government leaders for taking fire safety seriously.
Last summer, Panama was the setting for NFPA’s first Latin American Enforcement Workshop - a successful three-day program, attended by eight countries. Panama was also represented at the first Electrical Summit for Latin American stakeholders in Mexico City this fall.
“We look forward to strengthening the bond that we have with Panama even further. Today is yet another positive and proactive step in that direction,” Pauley said. He reminded the Latin America stakeholders in attendance that they have access to NFPA personnel and resources as they continue to adopt codes and move through the transitional process.