The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

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The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is a United States trade association, albeit with some international members, that creates and maintains private, copyrighted, standards and codes for usage and adoption by local governments. This includes publications from building codes to the many on equipment utilized by firefighters while engaging in hazardous material (hazmat) response, rescue response, and some firefighting.

History

The NFPA was formed in 1896 by a group of insurance firms with the stated purpose of standardizing the new and burgeoning market of fire sprinkler systems. The scope of the NFPA’s influence grew from sprinklers and fire extinguishers to include building electrical systems (another new technology), and then into almost all aspects of building design and construction.

Its original membership was limited to insurance underwriting firms and there was no representation from the industries the NFPA sought to control. This changed in 1904 to allow other industries and individuals to participate in the development of the standards to be promulgated by the NFPA. The first fire department to be represented in the NFPA was the New York City Fire Department in 1905, though their participation has declined steadily since then. Today, the NFPA includes representatives from some fire departments, many fire insurance companies, many manufacturing associations, some trade unions, many trade associations, and engineering associations.

NFPA Today

NFPA defines its mission as follows: “To reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education”. NFPA membership totals more than 65,000 individuals around the world.

Contact Information

National Fire Protection Association
1 Batterymarch Park
Quincy, MA 02169-7471, USA
Phone: (617) 770-3000
Fax: (617) 770-0700
Call Toll-Free from Mexico: 95-800-844-6058
Webesite: www.nfpa.org.
Contact Info: www.nfpa.org/about-nfpa/contact-us.


Codes and Standards

NFPA is responsible for 380 codes and standards that are designed to minimize the risk and effects of fire by establishing criteria for building, processing, design, service, and installation in the United States, as well as many other countries. Its more than 200 technical code- and standard- development committees have over 6,000 volunteer seats. Volunteers vote on proposals and revisions in a process that is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

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Codes That Relate To Vessels, Floating Buildings, Marinas and Boatyards

Click on Code Links below to go to each Code’s EAB webpage

NFPA 70: National Electrical Code.
NFPA 301: Code for Safety to Life from Fire on Merchant Vessels
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NFPA 302: Fire Protection Standard for Pleasure and Commercial Motor Craft.
NFPA 921: Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations.

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NFPA Free Access Widget
Even though NFPA owns those copyrights, they have offered free access to all of their codes and standards on their web site for more than 10 years through a read-only site. Documents cannot be downloaded or printed, because they rely on the revenues from people who want to own their own copies to fund the mission of NFPA. But for users who need to familiarize themselves with a code or check a requirement, this kind of access is invaluable. CLICK the above NFPA Logo for free access to all NFPA Codes and Standards.

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