1) What is NFPA?
       NFPA Stands for National Fire Protection Association. It is an international, non profit, membership organization, founded in 1896 or 108 years ago, headquartered in the United States of America. There are more than 75,000 individual memberships and 80 professional and trade organization around the world. Its mission is to reduce the burden of fire on life and property by advocating scientifically-based consensus codes and standards, research and education for fire and related safety issues. NFPA also sponsors meetings, programs, seminars and workshops for specialized training and professional development.Moreover, NFPA is known for its open consensus code and standard making system which produces the National Fire Codes. This set of close to 300 codes and standards is used in nearly every country in the world. These include the design, installation, inspection along with fire suppression.

2) Why is fire inspection important?
       Apart from safe building design and construction from fire, the fire inspection process appears to be one of the important consequences. This process should be completed by the potent and knowledgeable fire inspector who has been trained. In order to maintain the secure building, the said inspection process should be performed regularly so that the building management executives will be able to learn the building’s system condition.

3) What are some of the reasons that the existing building safety system is not effective?

- The building’s fire protection safety policy is not implemented comparing to other building’s facilities, technology and appearance.
- The fire protection system and equipment of the building is decaying over period of time.
- Frequency of inspection and lack of maintenance over a period of time due to the non-existing fire protection safety policy and lack of experienced personnel who can inspect.

4) In general, will we be able to know whether the fire protection system is working or not in case of emergency?
      In general, we will not be able to know whether the fire protection system is ready to work or not. The fire protection system only works in case of emergency. This is different from other system such as the electrical lighting system or the ventilation system, which we can notice when the light is out or the air conditioning is not cooling. Therefore, in this case, the fire inspection and testing should be performed regularly

5) Why could not the fire fighters control the spreading of the fire and smoke, which broke out at “The Royal Jomtien Pattaya” in Pattaya, Chonburi province and caused 91 people to die?
      The NFPA investigation team found that the said building was legally designed and the fire protection system was appropriately installed similar to other buildings in general but it lacked of efficient inspection and proper maintenance. As a result, the fire protection system failed to operate when there is a fire. The witnesses said that they could not hear the alarm bell and it lacked of water in the system. These reasons leaded to unable to control the rapidly spreading of fire and brought about the death of 91 people and the lost of businesses. However, NFPA suggested one of the significant ways to solve this problem, that is to have the building inspected.


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