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NFPA warmly welcomed a Chinese delegation on Tuesday, as the Association looks to deepen ties with our counterparts in China. Don Bliss, Olga Caledonia, and Guy Colonna met with Mr. Liu Xuefeng, accompanied by NFPA representative in China, Yuanjing Liu, to discuss opportunities within the Chinese first responder and enforcer communities.

 

From left to right: Guy Colonna, Liu Xuefeng, Jim Pauley, Olga Caledonia, Don Bliss, and Yuanjing Liu

From left to right: Guy Colonna, Liu Xuefeng, Jim Pauley, Olga Caledonia, Don Bliss, and Yuanjing Liu

 

Much of the discussion focused on the changing dynamics of fire safety in China, and the necessary response of the fire service.  Association members took this opportunity to learn more about the changing safety environment on the ground, as Mr. Liu explained the massive growth that has propelled China to become the world’s second largest economy:

 

“It has been a population explosion”, he says.  “In another 30 years, it will be a different country.  Developments in the fire service can’t catch up.”

 

Currently, China has 200 academies providing training on prevention and inspections, with three main regional academies dedicated to first responders. These facilities have trained over 170,000 fire service military professionals throughout the country, and tens of thousands more private citizens will soon enroll to bolster man power.

 

Mr. Liu leads a fact-finding mission to inform these important national initiatives, at the request of the China Fire Protection Association (CFPA).  His visit to Quincy was just part of a US tour, following a stop at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, MD.  After the successful meeting with NFPA staff, Mr. Liu departed for the Midwest, with stops at FDIC in Indianapolis and the Illinois Institute of Technology.

 

The Chinese delegation offered unique insight into the future of the fire service in China.  Yuanjing Liu is a retired colonel from the China Fire Service, and over the past fifteen years she has continued her work through her relationship with NFPA.  Mr. Liu’s path to this partnership began in Chinese politics, and has since led to leadership positions both within the CFPA and the Beijing Fire Protection Association.  He has also led a successful PPE company, Yingtelai Technical Co. 

 

The CFPA partnership stands amongst the oldest and strongest NFPA collaborations in Asia.  This recent meeting keeps our fingers on the pulse of one of the world’s most dynamic countries, and looks to open exciting opportunities this year and beyond.

The following proposed Tentative Interim Amendment (TIA) for NFPA 30A, Code for Motor Fuel Dispensing Facilities and Repair Garages, is being published for public review and comment:

 

 

Anyone may submit a comment on this proposed TIA by the June 15, 2017 closing date. Along with your comment, please identify the number of the TIA and forward to the Secretary, Standards Council by the closing date.

NFPA is continuing its efforts to provide data solutions to the enforcement community. This week we launched Phase II training of “PIP” - a tool for Property Inspection Prioritization. PIP uses an artificial intelligence approach – in other words, it is based on the collective wisdom of those in the enforcement community who have agreed to participate in its training. In the past few months, we have successfully completed our “Round 1” training and testing. Preliminary tests showed that “PIP” is an effective decision assist tool to help AHJ’s prioritize fire inspections based on multiple risk factors. To ensure the PIP tool is robust and reliable, we have reached out to the members of the International Fire Marshals Association (IFMA) to further refine and train the tool.

IFMA members who participate will be presented with 50 randomly generated “test” properties that need to be inspected. Each property will have varying levels of risk factors. Based on their expertise and experience, they will choose the 20 properties that have the highest priority need for inspection, based on risk. The “PIP” tool “learns” from these choices.

The result will be a decision support tool for enforcers who are faced with these decisions every day. We welcome your feedback; contact the NFPA PIP team at pip@nfpa.org.

NFPA has issued the following errata on NFPA 1983Standard on Life Safety Rope and Equipment for Emergency Services:NFPA 1983

  • NFPA 1983, Errata 1983-17-2, referencing various sections of Chapter 5 of the 2017 edition, issued on April 25, 2017

An errata is a correction issued to an NFPA Standard, published in NFPA News, Codes Online, and included in any further distribution of the document.

In honor of National Poetry Month, we thought we would share something from the September 1971 issue of NFPA's Fire Journal:

 

Ode To NFPA

 

 

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