This month marks the 11th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks and serves as a reminder of the numerous safety improvements by NFPA that followed a tragedy responsible for killing nearly 3,000 people.
Since 9/11, a healthy array of provisions have made their way into a variety of codes and standards, including updated evacuation procedures in NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code®, and requirements for mass notification systems per NFPA 72®, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code. Fire service members have also gotten a boost; gear-related codes and standards protect emergency responders against nearly any sort of hazard. There's also been an increased emphasis on preparing for other manmade or natural catastrophes, evident by the 9/11 Commission Report encouraging the private sector to adopt NFPA 1600, Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity Programs.
NFPA President James Shannon told NFPA Journal in a feature story on the 10th anniversary of 9/11, "The event will always be considered one of the worst days in American history, and it will certainly be one of the most important days in the history of NFPA. We have been a very important part of the country's effort to do everything we can to prepare, in case anything like 9/11 happens again." Read the feature for additional examples of NFPA's involvement.
Also, check out the video of Bob Duval, NFPA regional director and senior fire investigator, who examined the World Trade Center site weeks after the attacks: