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Dispatches

bring fire safety more into the public
conscience worldwide."
For NFPA, the opportunity to be
involved with the project has been
an affirmation of its own mission. In
addition to Messerschmidt serving on
the coalition's Standards Setting Committee, Chris Dubay, vice president of
engineering at NFPA, represents the
association on the coalition itself. "As
the IFSS Coalition accomplishes what
it has set out to, the NFPA mission gets
furthered as well, the NFPA Fire & Life
Safety Ecosystem becomes stronger in
areas around the world, and we collectively raise the bar of fire and life safety
globally," Dubay said. "Additionally,
NFPA has the codes and standards to
support the goals of these fire safety
principles that the coalition's committee has written."
The coalition's Standards Setting
Committee released the first draft of
its list of global fire safety principles
on January 23. The 49-page document, titled "International Fire Safety

Standards: Common Principles," sticks
to generic terms and avoids citing
specific codes and standards from
organizations like NFPA or the ICC.
"The Common Principles are relevant
to all real estate classes and all regions

"Fire knows no
geographical or
political boundaries,
so why should there
be a difference in the
way we design,
construct, and manage
infrastructure?"

and nations regardless of the differing
political, economic, social, technological, legal, or environmental differences
between jurisdictions," the document
reads. Those principles, it continues,

are prevention, detection and communication, occupant protection,
containment, and extinguishment.
Public input on the first draft of principles ranged from "very positive" to "I
don't quite get this," according to Messerschmidt. "Some people were saying,
'We have codes and standards in my
country already, and they work well, so
why do we need a document like this?'"
she said.
In fact, Messerschmidt added, there
are many circumstances where such a
document would be useful: government
officials in developing nations in search
of a starting point to create a regulatory framework; individuals who own
properties in multiple countries; facility owners and managers in developed
nations who simply want to determine
if they're addressing the right issues
in the right ways. "It can be a way of
going back to basics," she said.
Read more about the IFSS Coalition
and its list of building fire safety principles at nfpa.org/dispatches.

GETT Y IMAGES

DEVELOPING CHALLENGE Cities like Lagos, Nigeria,
pictured here, can include a wide variety of structures
that may not be subject to consistent building codes
and regulations-a common problem in developing
nations in Africa and throughout the world.

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