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IMG_3919.JPGGarner Palenske, P.E., from Jensen Hughes presented work completed for the Research Foundation on Early Suppression Fast Response (ESFR) sprinklers and obstructions to a packed room at the NFPA Conference in Las Vegas this morning.  Attendees heard a summary of the previous work on Phase 1 and Phase 2, including results from full scale testing that was completed. 

 

Garner also described the process that is being used for the current Phase 3 effort with the Research Foundation that includes Actual Delivered Density (ADD) testing and full scale testing.  The focus of this phase is on obtaining more specific information about the impact of vertical distance and obstruction width of bridging members.  The overall objective of the research program is to develop a tool that can be used for providing reliable analysis of the impact of obstructions on ESFR sprinklers based on existing data and develop technical basis to the Technical Committees for NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems, for new requirements and guidance.  The Phase 3 report will be available by the end of this year.

 

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Join us on April 18, 2016 at the Holiday Inn Munich - City Centre in Munich, Germany for an in-depth review of the latest emerging issues important to the global fire protection community. NFPA and the Fire Protection Research Foundation present a one-day symposium on recent global research to address the challenges of today and tomorrow.  The program includes presentations about intelligent building design, tall wood buildings, lithium-ion batteries, big data for fire protection, and much more.  Additional details and a full program can be found on our website: www.nfpa.org/munich.

 

The symposium will take place the day before Fire Sprinkler International 2016 which is being held April 19-20 at the same hotel.

 

Regular rate is $395 USD. A special rate of $350 USD applies for those who are also attending Fire Sprinkler International 2016.

 

Register now to reserve your spot for this important global symposium.

Joseph M. Fleming, Boston Fire Department, argues that we don’t.  In his presentation at SupDet 2016, “Improving Data Collection of Smoke Alarms in Fires,” Fleming points out the investigators may be prone to bias, assuming fire alarms did or didn’t go off based on their expectations regarding survival likelihood.  If no one escapes, they might simply assume that the alarm was not triggered.  Investigators may even code the NFIRS Detector Operation Field as “failed to operate” or “undetermined” based on their assumptions despite witness testimony to the contrary.  Regarding the “Detector Failure Reason” coding, he states, “Most fire chiefs are not trained to make this determination. When this form is being filled out right after a fire, how would the fire chief know if the victim was impaired or deaf?  What if the victim was alerted but alerted after it was too late?”  All of these may lead to bad data and thus to incorrect conclusions.

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Fleming recommends working to improve our data and the consistency/accuracy of coding, as well as applying data analysis to fire fatalities in different areas, keeping in mind their different requirements, to shed light on the number of flaming vs. smoldering fires, the number of furniture fires, the efficacy of smoke detectors, and other issues.

 

This echoes the calls we’ve heard throughout the week, most particularly at Workshop on Big Data and Fire Protection Systems, for better data combined with robust algorithms to help us tease out patterns and solutions which will allow us to make the best evidence based recommendations.

 

To access the SupDet 2016 presentations and papers, please visit the proceedings website

Remembering When is a fire and fall prevention program for older adults developed by NFPA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It is designed to help older adults live safely at home as long as possible. There are sixteen key messages, eight related to fire prevention and eight related to fall prevention, developed by experts from national and local safety organizations as well as through focus group testing in high-fire-risk states. The program is intended to be led by members of the fire service in their local communities. Remembering When offers flexibility to form a coalition of professionals and volunteers who assist with the group presentations and home visit delivery as well. Coalition partners include service clubs, social and religious organizations, and retirement communities. Coalition members determine the best way to implement program components based on the unique needs of the community.

NFPA wanted to evaluate the program to determine the program’s efficacy, as well as identify any areas where the program could be improved and so the Fire Protection Research Foundation initiated this pilot project studying five communities in Iowa, to do that.

Download the report, "Pilot Evaluation of the Remembering When™ Program in Five Communities in Iowa" authored by Carri Casteel, Ph.D., Rebecca Bruening, and Sato Ashida, Ph.D., with the University of Iowa.

There is still time to register for the Foundation's 2016 SupDet symposium, which will be held at the Doubletree by Hilton San Antonio Downtown, San Antonio, TX from March 1-4, 2016.  This year's symposium will feature 30 presentations on suppression and detection and signaling research and applications. 

 

In addition, on the afternoon of March 2 there will be a free half-day workshop on "Big Data and Fire Protection Systems".  The goal of this workshop will be to identify and prioritize the opportunities for big data to inform decision making around inspection, testing, and maintenance of fire protection systems.  An agenda for the workshop is available on the SupDet website.

 

The suppression session, which will take place March 1-2, will feature a keynote on the "History of Fire" by Dick Gann from NIST, presentations on the latest research on warehouse sprinkler protection, research on the protection of lithium ion batteries, and more. 

 

The detection and signaling section will take place March 3-4 and includes research on residential smoke alarms, smart building applications, notification, smoke characteristics, and more.

 

Don't miss out - register today for the full symposium, or choose either the Suppression Program or the Detection Program.  For additional details and the full program visit: www.nfpa.org/supdet2016.

A Fire Department Connection (FDC) is “a connection through which the fire department can pump supplemental water into the sprinkler system, standpipe, or other system, furnishing water for fire extinguishment to supplement existing water supplies.”  FDCs are required on all standpipe systems per NFPA 14, Standard for the Installation of Standpipe and Hose Systems, and sprinkler systems per NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems

In 2007, the Technical Committee for NFPA 14 added the requirement for one 2 ½ inch inlet per every 250 gallons per minute (gpm), but this requirement lacks supporting test data. The Research Foundation undertook a project that involved flow testing to determine the amount of water that is possible to flow into an FDC inlet. A final report for the project, "Fire Department Connection (FDC) Inlet Flow Assessment" is now available
on the Foundation webpage.

Registration is open for the Foundation's 2016 SupDet symposium, which will be held at the Doubletree by Hilton San Antonio Downtown, San Antonio, TX from March 1-4, 2016.  This year's symposium will feature 30 presentations on suppression and detection and signaling research and applications. 

The suppression session, which will take place March 1-2, will feature a keynote on the "History of Fire" by Dick Gann from NIST, presentations on the latest research on warehouse sprinkler protection, research on the protection of lithium ion batteries, and more. 

The detection and signaling section will take place March 3-4 and includes research on residential smoke alarms, smart building applications, notification, smoke characteristics, and more. 

Between the two sessions on the afternoon of March 2 will be a free half-day workshop on "Big Data and Fire Protection Systems" that is open to all SupDet attendees! 

Don't miss out - register today for the full symposium, or choose either the Suppression Program or the Detection Program.  For additional details and the full program visit: www.nfpa.org/supdet2016.