US fire-safety code dominates MENA

Fire safety in MENA largely based on US standards

MENA fire safety largely based on US standards.
MENA fire safety largely based on US standards.

According to a recent report, the majority of fire safety standards within the MENA region are based on codes developed by the US-based National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

Driven by the increase in high-rise construction projects, where the association has devised specific tall-building fire codes, and the availability of local training courses, have resulted in the NFPA codes becoming one of the most powerful fire-safety resources within the region.

A recent survey conducted by IQPC has revealed that 85% of the respondents cited the NFPA codes as being the most influential fire safety standards throughout the MENA region.

Sumir Pattoo, a senior fire protection engineer at Saudi Aramco, who will address the origin and application of fire codes at Fire Safety MENA 2011, believes the reason NFPA codes are the most influential in the region.

“They are extensive in covering a huge range of elements, both within aspects of fire protection and fire prevention. These codes have requirements which are based on concrete research,” said Pattoo.

Qatar, in particular, aims to match international standards of fire and risk management, especially after the successful FIFA 2022 World Cup bid, which in turn will result in an unprecedented growth in building development and huge foreign capital investment.

The local civil defence authority aims to promote and enforce all necessary preventative measures to avoid the risk of fire, including ensuring fire and life safety systems are maintained through regular inspections.

The NFPA will be facilitating an accredited technical training course at IQPC's Fire Safety MENA 2011 conference from 3 to 6 April 2011 at the Oryx Rotana in Doha, Qatar.

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