"Everything NFPA does is about information," says NFPA President Jim Shannon, "and every piece of our mission is fulfilled by getting information out to people." Mr. Shannon says that because of the internet, NFPA can reach more people than ever before possible, but adds that the organization has to do it in a way that allows NFPA to continue to exist, maintain its intellectual property, and provide its important mission-oriented work in perpetuity.
"One of the things we've done, over 10 years ago, is to take all of our codes and standards, which are our lifeblood, and put them up on the internet to be accessed by anyone," says Mr. Shannon. Users can visit the NFPA website (http://www.nfpa.org/freeaccess), register or sign-in, and access the document they want to see. "They can't print it, and they can't download it onto their computer, but they can access all of our codes and standards."
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