NFPA’s Jim Pauley traveled to China for the second time in two years this week. The NFPA president and other staff members are attending China Fire, the 17th International Fire Protection Equipment Technology Conference and Exposition, organized by the China Fire Protection Association (CFPA). Pauley spoke to hundreds of government officials, firefighters, training professionals, code enforcers, fire protection advocates, manufacturers and distributors of goods during the opening session on Tuesday; and thanked the audience for all that they do to keep China’s 1.4 billion residents and property safe from fire.
Prior to his presentation, Pauley renewed an MOU with CFPA. NFPA and CFPA have collaborated for more than 20 years, exchanging fire education materials, web information, code schedules, fire regulations and opportunities for subject matter experts to attend key events.
NFPA has a long history of working with government, private business and fire protection authorities in China. Approximately 30 NFPA codes and standards have been translated into Mandarin - mostly by the China Fire Service and research institutes. NFPA's widely used public education materials have also been translated into Mandarin. NFPA’s roots with China run deep. The organization has a representative stationed in Beijing, and recently hosted a professional from the Shanghai Fire Research Institute at NFPA headquarters for eight months of mutual learning.
Besides attending China Fire, NFPA staff met with members of the private sector interested in establishing a safety infrastructure that entails a world class firefighter training program and effective enforcement tools. Tomorrow as the NFPA team wraps up a busy week in the most populous country in the world, they will visit the Tianjin Fire Research Institute, one of four leading fire research institutions in China. During their visit, the NFPA contingent will discuss future synergies that will help to reduce loss from fire and related hazards in China.