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.
- Has successfully completed numerous seminars, conferences, workshops, contracts,
and studies. Click here for specific examples of DFPA's work.
- Assisted government agencies with planning and evaluations of equipment,
materials and systems, and assists companies with proposals, marketing and
sales of fire protection equipment and supplies.
- Had been on the National Advisory Committee of the Congressional Fire Services Institute
(CFSI) since its inception in 1989 until
recently and normally conducted a workshop or hosted an event in conjunction
with CFSI's Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner
- In April, 2001, five months before 9/11, planned,
arranged and hosted live fire,
firefighting training sessions on Capitol Hill for approximately 30
Washington, DC metropolitan firefighters who would be the first
responders to airplane crashes on Capitol Hill or at the White House. Shown below is the 40-foot Navy Mobile Aircraft
Firefighting Trainer, which was towed from Norfolk Virginia Naval Air
Station and used
for this training. DFPA was instrumental in getting these propane fueled
mobile trainers introduced into the Navy to replace polluting-black smoke producing
In July 2001, also before 9/11, conducted assessments and prepared a "Report of the Assessment of Vulnerabilities of Navy Ships to Multiple Threats and Hazards from Multiple Causes and Sources with Recommendations to Reduce/Eliminate these Vulnerabilities" under contract with the Department of Defense. Threats and hazards included hijacked aircraft and anthrax by mail. This report shows that it is impossible to protect ships, aircraft, trains, buildings, bridges, water systems, etc. from determined terrorists in the long term and that surface ships are sitting ducks.
NAVY MOBILE AIRCRAFT FIREFIGHTING TRAINER
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.
- Assistant Secretary of the Navy For Safety and Survivability (ASN S&S), the late Joe Tausig and his team/assistants: Dick Healing, Fred Crowson and Annie White
- The late Captain Bob Barr, US Navy (retired) who, while on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations, originated the PFP Program which DFPA helped to implement
- Congressman Curt Weldon, Founder and First Chair of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus and Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI)
- Lieutenant Commander Mark Persuiti US Navy (retired,) former Flight Deck Officer on the USS Truman (CVN 75), and former Aviation Boson Firefighter
- Fred Williams, Naval Research Laboratory
- Mike Mitrakis, NAVSEA - Shipboard - Fireproof Electrical Cables and Norbert Karl, NAVSUP - Fireproof Packaging
- Fire Protection engineers Bob Darwin, Chief of Navy Material Staff, David Kay, NAVSEA and many others
- Individual members and member companies of DFPA, including almost every major fire protection equipment manufacturer including Task Force Tips, Elkhart Brass, Flame Seal, Dragger, Ansul, Automatic Sprinkler Corp. of America, Cairns & Brothers, Eagle Air Systems, Hale Fire Pump, Ingersoll-Rand, Phoenix Rescue, etc. and major chemical companies, including DuPont, 3M, Dow Corning, etc..
- NGOs, including DFPA and members of the National Advisory Committee of CFSI and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
- Engineers and technicians in the Naval Systems Commands, maintenance facilities and shipyards
- And, of course, the sailors and officers of the fleet, all of whom are educated and trained to prevent and fight fires.
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.
Captain US Navy (retired)
Phone: 703-725-7849 Fax: 703-521-0849