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Engineering wildfire safety solutions at the Backyards & Beyond conference

Blog Post created by faithberry Employee on Sep 8, 2015

Can a solution to the wildfire problem be engineered?  NFPA's Daniel Gorham, an Associate Engineer in Hazardous Chemicals/Materials and a member of the Society for Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), certainly believes that fire protection engineering has an important role. Dan will be presenting information about two research papers concerning wildland fire spread and fires in the wildland/urban interface at NFPA's Backyards & Beyond conference in October. SFPE

On Friday morning, October 23, Dan will present on research he conducted as part of his master’s thesis. Wildland Fire Spread with Stationary Burners will cover a methodology of using stationary burners to examine the phenomena of fire spread in wildland fuels, a project done in collaboration with the US Forest Service Research Center in Missoula, Montana.

Later in the day, Dan will present information on the study Pathways to Fire Spread in the Wildland Urban Interface on behalf of his mentor, Dr Michael J Gollner. An assistant professor in the Department of Fire Protection Engineering in the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland, Dr. Gollner was the principal investigator on a recent project for the Fire Protection Research Foundation. The study examines pathways of exposure from direct flame contact, radiation exposure, and fire brands and how building components interact with these different exposures. 

If you are a fire protection engineer and are interested in expanding your knowledge about advancing the use of engineering best practices for wildland fire mitigation and expanding your technical knowledge about wildland fires, we think you'll enjoy Dan's presentations and the great networking opportunities available at Backyards & Beyond in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, next month. Check out our conference page for all the program details and how to register!

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