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A Message from the Editor

All,

The first issue of the year!

2020 will be our sixth year of delivering high quality articles, it feels quite good looking back on the five years that have passed since we started this initiative. I believe we have grown into something that we did not expected at the start; we are now a global digital magazine with 20K+ subscribers. We are reaching a large number of practitioners all over the world, we are providing them with valuable and useful information that will help them do a better job i.e. to perform their professional role in a better way. The magazine has turned into a very effective Mission tool for SFPE (SFPE's mission is to define, develop, and advance the use of engineering best practices; expand the scientific and technical knowledge base; and educate the global fire safety community, in order to reduce fire risk) and that is way more than we hoped for at the beginning.

The one thing on everyone’s mind right now is the COVID-19 outbreak. What is happening now has some parallels with fire safety as well, some countries are significantly better prepared than others and the outbreak is being put forward as a major risk to the society. Quite important resources are being put into this and strong measures are being taken to tackle the crisis. The thing is that this is not really happening in low income countries or which is often the same, in developing countries. There are simply other problems that are considered more important or there is just a lack of resources or insight regarding the problem. We see the same thing regarding fire safety; we have for example expansive losses associated with informal or improper construction in these types of countries for exactly the same reasons. There is a need to truly look into the global problems/issues that will affect all of us and very likely hit much harder on developing countries, these global issues actually include significant fire safety components. I personally believe that we are not doing enough at the moment and that this is something that fire safety organizations such as SFPE will have to start focus on, to actually be able to do something we also need a coordinated approach i.e. work closely with other fire and non-fire organizations. We need to get this onto our agenda. Our first article “Development of the IAFSS Agenda 2030 for a Fire Safe World” gives us a good overview of the problems, please read it.

If there are readers out there that feel that you have an important subject that you would like to share with the industry do not hesitate to contact us, we can make that happen.

As always, a great thanks to the people who have put in a lot of time and effort to make this issue a reality.

The next issue will come in July.

Yours sincerely, 

 Jimmy Jönsson, Managing Editor

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