The Defense Fire Protection Association (DFPA), a 501(c)(3), nonprofit, research foundation and  consulting firm, has actively and successfully assisted the armed services, federal agencies and the private sector improve safety, survivability, fire, blast and chemical biological & radiation (CBR) protection since its inception in 1984.

Over the years the Navy suffered numerous fires on its ships. One of the most serious of these fires occurred on the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal in the South China Sea while preparing for an attack against North Vietnam. This fire caused the death of 134 sailors and officers and destroyed scores of aircraft. . Most of the planes on the flight deck were fully loaded with munitions. The  fire began when an aircraft, being prepared for launch accidentally fired a Zuni rocket that struck another  aircraft  on the  flight deck. The pilot of the plane struck by the Zuni rocket was the late Senator John McCain (who was the very good friend and Naval Academy classmate of the compiler of this website- Ron Fisher). This fire is depicted in the below video which has been used for years to train Navy firefighters.


In 1984, in response to these ship fires, the Department of the Navy  initiated a Passive Fire Protection (PFP) Program.   The Navy contracted with an engineering service firm to help design, develop and implement the PFP Program..

Also, in 1984, Ron Fisher, former nuclear submariner and retired Navy Captain, went to work for this engineering service firm to manage a team of people to develop the Navy's PFP Program work. Ron also founded the Defense Fire Protection Association.

Ron and DFPA  played a major role in the development and implementation of the PFP Program beginning with PFP Symposiums in 1984 and 1986.

In 1986 Ron left the engineering service firm, obtained  501(c)(3) nonprofit status for DFPA and made it into a membership organization, research foundation and consulting firm.

In 1987 DFPA held its first symposium in Annapolis, Maryland the week before the attack and subsequent devastating fires on the USS STARK in the Persian Gulf.

DFPA has actively and successfully assisted the armed services, federal agencies and the private sector to improve safety, survivability, fire, blast and chemical, biological and radiation (CBR) protection since its inception in 1984.


Used to Conduct Live Fire Training of Capitol Hill & White House First Responders
April 25, 2001 (Four and a half months before 9/11) and again on April 30, 2002.
Planned, arranged and hosted by DFPA

The graphs below depict the significant decreases in the number of Navy shipboard fire mishaps and dollar losses from shipboard fires from 1987 (when DFPA had its first conference) until 1998. These graphs were prepared by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy For Safety and Survivability (AS S&S)

These improvements in shipboard fire safety can be primarily attributed to the leadership and teamwork of the people below and DFPA's management, conferences and training that resulted in the following collaborating and working together.

We need this same cooperation, leadership and teamwork in all areas of the Government.

In summary, DFPA has amassed an impressive track record and DFPA personnel have a detailed understanding of safety, survivability, fire, blast and CBR protection, damage mitigation, emergency response, homeland security, counter-terrorism, and emergency response programs and the individuals, companies and government organizations involved in these areas.

DFPA is currently concentrating on planning  to implement the UN  Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs) and conversion of the military industrial complex to provide the materials and equipment to implement the SDGs including  fire proofing the world, building fire fighting aircrafts and converting bombers and fighters into firefighting aircraft. For additional details see www.PeopleNow.org or contact Ron Fisher 703-725-7849, email Fisher@PeopleNow.org.

  DFPA does not have or plan to have memberships for individuals.

The principals of DFPA work closely with Veterans Sales and Services described at www.VetsSS.com.

Defense Fire Protection Association - DFPA
Ron Fisher
Captain US Navy (retired)
Executive Director
Email: Fisher@PeopleNow.org
Phone: 703-725-7849  Fax: 703-521-0849