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How to improve firefighter safety with research in the latest issue of NFPA Journal

Blog Post created by RYAN QUINN Employee on Sep 24, 2012

 

!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

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