!http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef017c321b5655970b-120wi|src=http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef017c321b5655970b-120wi|alt=CaseyGrant8547-800pixels|style=margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;|title=CaseyGrant8547-800pixels|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef017c321b5655970b!Today’s fire service is in the midst of a research
renaissance, says Casey Grant in his column “Dual Purpose” in the
September/October issue of NFPA Journal.  While some of
this research is aimed at improving firefighter safety, much of it also addresses
the overall fire problem.
One example is a set of recent studies on wind-driven
structural fires. According to Grant, firefighter line-of-duty deaths raised questions
about this hazard, especially in high-rise buildings where wind is often a
factor. One project, conducted by the National Institute of Standards and
Technology through the Fire Protection Research Foundation , replicated
conditions in which temperatures rose thousands of degrees Fahrenheit in seconds.
This clearly documented danger supports parallel research to develop new fireground
tactical approaches, which will, in turn, help improve civilian safety.</p>
Read Grant’s entire column for more information on
programs aimed at improving firefighter safety.