The National Fire Protection Associations and the Western Fire Chiefs Associations have signed an agreement to jointly develop a harmonized fire code that integrates NFPA 1, Fire Prevention CodeR. and the Uniform Fire Code, the two most adopted fire codes in the country.
According to WCFA President Jim Rankin, the collaboration will provide an unprecedented opportunity for representative participation by the fire service in a fire code developed under NFPA's ANSI process. For fire service and users of the Uniform Fire Code, the agreement ensures the availability of support services and correlation opportunities for the future, and it also provides a pathway to potential adoption on a much broader national and international scale.
Under the agreement, NFPA and WFCA will work together on creating an ANSI-compliant fire code based on the UFC and the FPC. The agreement calls for WFCA and NFPA to jointly develop a harmonized fire code for release in the year 2003 using the NFPA/ANSI open consensus process.
Both NFPA and WFCA have existing agreements with the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials, publisher of the Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC), Uniform Mechanical Code and other Uniform Codes and Standards. Through NFPA's and WFCA's new agreement, it is the intent of all three organizations to work collaboratively to develop a consistent, compatible set of codes and standards for the built environment.