Meeting of ISO TC 223, Societal Security

Paris, France – David Trebisacci of NFPA’s Public Fire Protection Division and Dr. Dean Larson, Lecturer in Organizational Leadership and Supervision, member of the Technical Committee (TC) on Emergency Management and Business Continuity (NFPA 1600®) attended a meeting of ISO TC 223, Societal Security, held in Paris, France on May 25-29. NFPA is the U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) administrator to this ISO TC for ANSI (American National Standards Institute), and Dr. Larson serves as head of the U.S. delegation. Other individuals who were part of the U.S. delegation included Dr. Bert Coursey from the Department of Homeland Security, Meliha Dzirlo-Ayvz and Steven Krill of Booz Allen Hamilton, and Monica Rigano of the Security Industry Association (SIA).  The delegates participated in the plenary sessions and working groups of the committee.

NFPA has been involved in the ISO TC 223 effort since April 2006, and actively contributes to the development of several of its work items, including guidelines for incident preparation and operational continuity, a management systems standard, a vocabulary document, a document on essential information and data requirements for command and control, a document on warning systems, and several others. 

Dr. Larson, in addition to his responsibilities as chair of the U.S. TAG, also contributes his time and expertise to NFPA’s efforts in Latin America for the implementation of NFPA 1600 in that region of the world.