The recent Fire Australia Conference, the Australian fire protection industry’s annual opportunity to gather and discuss the important issues of the day, brought together national and global leaders.

Perhaps the most influential among them was keynote speaker Jim Pauley, president and CEO of the US-based National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). That organisation is known internationally for its long history of research-based innovation, code development and forward thinking. Many of the issues facing the US face other nations, including…