Throughout the year, we communicate the many ways that NFPA is collaborating with stakeholders around the globe. We highlight NFPA’s efforts to share the expertise, resources and best practices that have been cultivated over the course of a century; and we report on the innovators who are addressing safety challenges in new, unique ways that may benefit others in our world.
This week, the organization’s international reach is on full display, in their own backyard, at the Association’s annual Conference & Expo (C&) at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. Delegates from more than 20 countries have descended; invaluable learning is underway; and collaboration with authorities is in full swing. It’s exciting to see the international reach of NFPA everywhere you turn at C&E.
Attendees from the far reaches are engaging, listening, learning and sharing experiences from their countries. They are participating in educational sessions, perusing the Expo floor, and absorbing as much as they can to take back to their own jurisdictions. They represent the needs of fire professionals, the government, code enforcers, electrical engineers, contractors, builders, designers, facility managers, and public education specialists. No matter where they hail from – they are all hungry for information and knowledge.
Close to 200 attendees from nearly two dozen countries in Latin America, the Middle East, North Africa, Asia, Europe, Canada, and Australia also convened today at an international stakeholder appreciation breakfast. They mingled, celebrated their diversity, and shared perspective. Throughout the remainder of the conference, NFPA President Jim Pauley and others will conduct private meetings with different delegations to determine how the Association can lend support to and learn from foreign counterparts.