Confederation of Fire Protection Associations (CFPA) was formed as the Conference of Fire Protection Associations in 1965. It was later renamed to its present the Confederation of Fire Protection Association International. CFPA-International has now grown to have two sub branches, CFPA-Europe and CFPA-Asia.
The formation of CFPA-Asia started in Minneapolis in 2002 when a number of the Asian members were attending the NFPA Conference & Expo and CFPA-International meeting.
The inaugural CFPA-Asia meeting had been held on the 23rd February 2003 in Hong Kong.
The mission of CFPA-Asia came from that inaugural meeting (to reduce the fire problem through education, research, codes and standards, improved communications, technology transfer, and the exchange of fire data and statistics). From that initial meeting CFPA-Asia has grown into a strong Asian group with 25 members representing 13 nations in the region the most recent CFPA-Asia meeting was held on the back of the International Fire Conference and Exhibition Malaysia held May 2015 in Malaysia.
The Malaysia Fire and Rescue Department along with the IFE Malaysia branch and the Malaysian Fire Protection Assoc. hosted an exceptional international conferences and exhibition in Kuala Lumpur. Speakers from Asia, Europe and the USA presented papers on topic interoperability, management, resilience, high-rise and many more topics.
The themes for the conference:
- Operational challenges for firefighters.
- New frontiers for fire safety engineering.
- Impact of sustainable built-environment on fire safety.
The exhibition showcased 146 different products from around the region and beyond. Innovation was the theme for the exhibition and we were not disappointed, new alarm systems, suppression techniques and rescue equipment were only some of the products on show.
The Confederation of Fire Protection Associations International and Asia held successfully meetings during the conference consolidating the tie in with fire protection and fire suppression.
We would like to thank the organising committee chaired by Director General Datuk Wira Hj. Wan Mohd bin Hj. Ibrahim for a great event.
I would also like to thank Steven Ooi Chairman CFPA-International for hosting Asia Pacific Fire Magazine during the conference.
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