National Disaster Management Authority signs deal with Pakistan Engineering Council regarding Development of Building Code of Pakistan – Fire Safety Provisions
Islamabad, October 15, 2015 (PPI-OT): A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between National Disaster Management Authority and Pakistan Engineering Council at NDMA office today for the formulation of first ever Fire Safety Provisions (BCP-FSP-Code).
The MoU was signed by Chairman NDMA Major General Asghar Nawaz and new Chairman PEC, Engineer Jawed Salim Qureshi in presence of senior NDMA and PEC officials. The codes will be formulated on fast track basis in eight months and funded through National Disaster Management Fund (NDMF).
The MoU allows PEC to work on development of Fire and Safety Codes in consultation with all relevant National and Provincial experts and stakeholders and shall prepare final draft by May 2016 for approval/ vetting by Law Division. The end state desired by NDMA is a strict enforcement of these codes, violation of which should be a criminal offence.
Chairman PEC also thanked NDMA for taking this initiative which is a step towards building resilient capacities for disaster management. As per known statistics in last five years total 69447 fire incidents of building/industrial fires cost 598 human lives besides huge economic loss worth Rs. 45269.1million. This initiative of NDMA is foreseen as a major step to alleviate the concerns with respect to loss of lives as a result of fire incidents.
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