Mr. Alan Loh Peng Leong
Chairman of the National Fire and Civil Emergency Preparedness Council
With a growing middle class and vast untapped natural resources, Asia has the potential to become the key driver for global economic development. However, our fast growing population of more than 3.5 billion people compounded by an urban population density that is expected to double by 2030 presents an alarming challenge to fire safety, particularly in key population centres.
It is remarkable to note that fire safety practitioners across the globe have introduced various concepts and technologies to ensure that fire safety measures keep pace with the burgeoning population and the resulting demand for housing and infrastructural developments. This is in fact one of the aims of the Fire Safety Asia Conference (FiSAC) 2017 with its theme, “Fire Safety and Emergency Management: The Way Forward”.
This year marks the second time that FiSAC is held. Through this triennial conference, fire safety practitioners will share and discuss the latest fire safety technologies used to improve buildings. In addition to promoting fire safety awareness and enhancing emergency management, there will also be a presentation of the Fire Safety Design Excellence Awards which gives recognition to buildings in Singapore with exceptional fire safety features.
The National Fire and Civil Emergency Preparedness Council or NFEC was formed 28 years ago to work hand-in-hand with the Singapore Civil Defence Force to make Singapore a safe and secure nation. Throughout our existence, the council was highly fortunate to have strong and unstinting support from the industrial and commercial sectors of Singapore as well as the schools and local community. On behalf of the council, I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and everyone who have been kind to us all these years. I would also like to invite all, including the established professionals, to once again lend us your support and join us in this significant event.
I look forward to welcoming all delegates, be it locally or from overseas, to FiSAC 2017. See you soon.