National Fire Protection Association
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is an international nonprofit organization
that was established in 1896. The company’s mission is 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. With a membership
that includes more than 75,000 individuals from nearly 100 nations NFPA is
the world's leading advocate of fire prevention and an authoritative source on public
Codes and Standards
The NFPA is responsible for 300 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
are comprised of over 6,000 volunteer seats. Volunteers vote on proposals and revisions
in a process that is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).
Some of the most widely used codes are:
- NFPA 1, Fire Code
Provides requirements to establish a reasonable level of fire safety and property
protection in new and existing buildings.
- NFPA 54, National Fuel Gas Code
The safety benchmark for fuel gas installations.
- NFPA 70®, National Electric Code®
The world's most widely used and accepted code for electrical installations.
- NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code®
Establishes minimum requirements for new and existing buildings to protect building
occupants from fire, smoke, and toxic fumes.
Public Safety Education
Sponsoring a variety of life-saving campaigns and training programs, the
NFPA devotes much of its efforts to protecting lives and property through education.
The organization provides many resources for fire, electrical, and life-safety instructions.
Stay current with the latest fire and life safety requirements, technologies, and
practices with NFPA´s expanded training offerings.
- Led by NFPA staff and other nationally recognized experts, our seminars provide
insight into the meaning, intent, and proper application of fire and electrical
- NFPA administers professional certification programs including Certified Fire
Protection Specialist, Certified Fire Inspector, and Certified Fire Plans Examiner.
- Each June, the NFPA Conference & Expo fosters the exchange of ideas among Association
members. New and revised NFPA codes and standards are also discussed and voted upon
at these meetings.
- NFPA develops dozens of texts, guides, and other materials that target firefighter
and other first responder safety and health.
NFPA is the premier resource for fire data analysis, research, and analysis. This
data helps guide educational outreach, support the work of NFPA Technical Committees,
and frames the fire-loss picture for organizations, the media, and the general public.