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2011

The Quincy, Massachusetts based Fire Protection Research Foundation seeks a research project manager.

Duties will include: working with volunteer committees to plan research projects; seeking funding support; and managing contractors to undertake a broad range of fire and electrical safety projects. 

Required: Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or related field and five to ten years experience in engineering with project management responsibilities; strong communication skills, fund raising experience, and ability to work in a team environment.

To apply, e-mail your resume and a cover letter, including salary requirements, to hr@nfpa.org.  All attachments submitted should be in a Word or PDF file document.

When mandates for sprinkler requirements in one and two family dwellings are discussed at a local or state level, a number of issues come up with respect to water supply requirements. Often, these issues are true barriers to residential sprinkler requirements because the water authority is not knowledgeable about residential sprinklers systems and how they are different from commercial fire sprinkler systems. There are two related issues: one is total water usage during sprinkler actuation at a fire scene (fire flow) in comparison with water usage by the fire service; the other is conventional water meter performance during sprinkler actuation.


[This report | http://www.nfpa.org/assets/files//PDF/Research/RFWaterUsageWaterMeterPerformance.pdf] describes the results of a study on water usage and water meter performance during residential sprinkler system actuation in residences, designed to provide guidance information on this topic in a format suitable for water utilities and local jurisdictions. It includes the results of a survey of fire departments on their average use of water at fire scenes at single family homes; fire flow calculations for a variety of single family home fire sprinkler systems and a study of the performance of conventional residential water meters in maximum and minimum fire sprinkler flow scenarios.


Kathleen Almand, NFPA Research Foundation Executive Director, talks about this new report:



High volume low speed (HVLS) fans are in increasing use in storage and manufacturing facilities. However, the interaction of these fans and automatic sprinkler operation is unknown. In order to inform spacing and other installation requirements in NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Automatic Sprinklers, the Foundation initiated a comprehensive research program with two Phases.

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