Over time, fire research has tended to focus on structure fires and how homes and possessions burn, but relatively little attention has been paid to how wildfire impacts human settlements. Recent wildfire events around the world, however, have given researchers enough reason to flip that equation around.
To this end, Birgitte Messerschmidt, director of applied research at NFPA, writes about the largest fire research project currently underway in the world, in her latest NFPA Journal column.
The project, called PyroLife, begins April 1, and aims to shed light on wildfire unknowns. It will also train a new generation of experts in holistic fire management. As a global project, PyroLife combines the strengths and knowledge bases of 21 international partners.
According to Messerschmidt, wildfire is one of the great challenges of our time for the global research community, and she is excited to see more resources and effort going into the issue.
Read about this exciting project in “Wildfire 101” in the March/April issue of NFPA Journal.