National Fire Protection Association
The National Fire Protection Association 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. The association was formed in 1896 by a group of insurance firms.
The association's technical and general interest publications cover the public safety spectrum. In addition to codes and standards, they include handbooks, technical/reference books, fire service publications, textbooks, pocket guides and training manuals.
A major focus of the association is the development, publication, and dissemination of timely consensus codes and standards. Adoption, use, and enforcement of these documents serve to minimize the possibility and effects of fire and other hazards in all aspects of contemporary activity. Nfpa standards are developed by about 250 committees, each of which represents a balance of affected interests.
Nfpa's membership is comprised of approximately 52000 individuals. The majority of the members reside in the united states; overall members represent 120 nations. Eleven industry-specific sections within nfpa's membership provide the opportunity for field concentration and exchange of ideas.
A mission focus, nfpa trains between 5,000 - 10,000 member and non-members in code navigation, application and auditing. The training is provided annually at both face-to-face seminars and online events. This includes worldwide customer reach through the licensing of an online learning management platform. Nfpa also supports fire protection, the fire service and building professionals through certification programs.
The public education division provides the technical foundation for nfpa's fire and life safety education messages and outreach strategies for the general public, fire departments and other educators.
Nfpa has established offices in canada, china, mexico and europe. The association undertakes the translation of key standards and works in varied collaborative relationships with its counterparts around the world.
Nfpa entered into a number of contracts with the federal government. The two largest contracts are the firewise communities program through usda forest service and the assistance to fire fighters through us department of homeland security/fema.
Scholarships $125,501general contributions $255,635