Three members of NFPA’s executive leadership team, NFPA’s Middle East liaison and the Research Director of the Fire Protection Research Foundation (Foundation) are meeting in the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Kuwait this week to discuss global innovation, stakeholder needs and the ways that NFPA is collaborating with authorities and business representatives throughout the Persian Gulf.
NFPA President and CEO Jim Pauley, vice president for Field Operations Don Bliss, vice president and chief engineer Chris Dubay, Amanda Kimball of the Foundation and Middle East representative Drew Azzara are meeting with members of a newly established Middle East Advisory Committee in Abu Dhabi this week. The Middle East Advisory Committee is made up of regionally-based AHJs, engineering firms, fire organizations, Civil Defence leaders, real estate holding companies, petrochemical organizations, NFPA instructors, and testing labs. The mission of the advisory group and the focus of discussion this week is addressing Middle East fire challenges, as well as potential life safety issues related to energy storage, performance-based design, and large-scale industrial facilities.
Prior to convening the advisory committee in Abu Dhabi on Thursday, NFPA representatives are meeting with Civil Defence leaders in Oman and Kuwait to discuss ways that NFPA can further support their fire safety initiatives. NFPA executives will also tour the UAE Civil Defence Academy. Much of the training at the UAE CD Academy is based on NFPA standards for building and life safety, as well as firefighter professional qualifications and operations.
Kimball is in Dubai this week to attend the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) Middle East Conference. A member of the SFPE Board, she will present a program at the conference on Research in Fire Protection Engineering and its impact on codes and standards. She will also co-host a Women in Fire Safety Meet and Greet Reception, sponsored by NFPA and Tyco. Both organizations are ardent supporters of STEM and women in engineering advocacy efforts.
NFPA has been working with government agencies, fire protection organizations and corporations in the Middle East for more than two decades to share code insight and best practices, with an emphasis on life safety and fire protection systems. Numerous NFPA codes and standards have been incorporated into building and fire codes throughout the Gulf region.