The Alliance for Fire and Smoke Containment


The Alliance for Fire and Smoke Containment (known to many as just "The Alliance" or "pfpa" for short due to the web address) was formed in early 2002 with the support of the original founding companies Hilti, Lorient, Promat, Pyropanel, SmokeGuard and Trafalgar (formerly Tyco) in response to the need for a well-coordinated, educational effort to promote the value of a balanced fire protection design in the built environment.

Membership today encompasses a wide range of interested parties including manufacturers and suppliers, installers and maintenance / service providers of fire and smoke containment products, as well as other industry trade associations, fire test laboratories and insurance companies.

The shared goals of "The Alliance" members are to:

  • Promote passive fire protection as part of a total fire safety design approach.
  • Promote property protection and public welfare as well as life safety.
  • Promote fire fighter safety and facilitate fire fighting activities.
  • Disseminate technical information to the Fire Safety Community.
  • Promote competency based training, accreditation and licensing.
"The Alliance" has been actively working to bring together regulators, certifiers, consultants, insurance, the fire services, other trade associations and end users to share relevant information, discuss important fire protection related industry issues and to allow the development and FREE dissemination of Codes of Practices, Industry Best Practice Guidelines, Technical Guidance Notes and Technical Papers relating to the balanced approach to fire protection design in the built environment.

It is a key driver in the development of a proposed code of Practice or series of Guidelines dealing with fire protection design and operational principles for protection of property and protection against business interruption, and it is playing a leading role along side other peak bodies in assisting Governments with the development and implementation of competency based training, accreditation and licensing.