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CFPA-I General Assembly Elects New Officers

By CFPA-I|September 15th, 2017

CFPA-I recently convened for their triennial General Assembly in Beijing, China.  Chairman Steven Ooi presided over the proceedings, which covered such matters as exterior cladding regulations, smart firefighting, and emerging opportunities for fire protection associations.

The General Assembly also undertook the election of new officers and board members.  The delegates elected Board Member Hatem Kheir, from the Egyptian Fire Protection Association, to the Chairmanship.  Steven Ooi of Malaysia, who had led CFPA-I as Chairman for the previous six years, accepted the position of Treasurer by unanimous consent of the Assembly.  Board Member Jesper Ditlev, from Denmark, became Vice Chairman, having previously served as Treasurer for a three year term.

CFPA-I also welcomed two new board members.  The Assembly confirmed Robert Llewellyn, of the Fire Protection Association of Australia, to the board.  Mr. Llewellyn also serves as Chairman of CFPA-Asia, which would meet the following day for their own General Assembly.  The second new board member, Chen Weiming, succeeded Mr. Zhang Shaoyu as the representative from China Fire Protection Association.  Mr. Chen graciously hosted the General Assembly in Beijing during the China Fire Expo, and CFPA-I extends its sincerest gratitude to him and his team for their generosity and hard work during this busy time.

Congratulations to these newly elected officers and board members.  CFPA-I members and the fire protection community at large look forward to reaping the rewards of your leadership, and advancing the mission of this important organization in the coming years.

CFPA-EU contends there is not a choice between fire and theft protection

By CFPA-I|August 14th, 2017

CFPA-EU recently posted an excellent article discussing fire and theft security with Maiken Skriver Poulsen of the Danish Institute of Fire and Security Technology (DBI).  Ms. Poulsen explains that there need not be a choice between fire protection and theft security measures.  Read more of her recommendations at the CFPA-EU website link.


NFPA publishes study of fixed firefighting systems in road tunnels

By CFPA-I|August 14th, 2017

NFPA has recently published a report from researchers at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, which examines the effect of fixed firefighting systems on road tunnel safety, ventilation, and resiliency.  The study draws data from the United States, Japan, and Australia to compare the effects of these systems relative to more common passive approaches.  Download the full report from the Fire Protection Research Foundation.

CFPA-EU looks at new tech to prevent job site fires

By CFPA-I|July 6th, 2017

CFPA-EU recently looked at mobile detection systems designed to mitigate the ever-present threat of fires on construction sites.  The technology, currently used in the UK, has begun to migrate throughout the continent and hopefully will bolster the safety efforts on job sites around Europe.  Read more at the CFPA-EU blog.

CFPA-I Board Member Jon O’Neill Receives OBE

By CFPA-I|June 22nd, 2017

Jon O’Neill, director of The Fire Protection Association and CFPA-I Board Member, was recently awarded an OBE by the Queen of the United Kingdom for his contributions and dedication to improving fire safety in the UK and abroad.  Mr. O’Neill downplays this prestigious honor in a recent interview with the Worcester News, instead concentrating on the relief efforts and lessons of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.  CFPA-I applauds Mr. O’Neill for his tireless work in this trying time, and congratulates him for this well-deserved honor. See article

Insurance Europe endorses CFPA-E guideline

By CFPA-I|June 16th, 2017

In April 2017, Insurance Europe endorsed CFPA-E’s Guideline No. 1:2012 “Protection against flood”.  Read more about their endorsement, and the guideline, over at CFPA-E news.