Foundation Medal honors project on friction loss in fire hoses

Blog Post created by mikehazell Employee on Jun 10, 2013

Kathleen Almand and Casey Grant (right) of the Research Foundation congratulate Joseph Scheffey on his winning paper. Photo: Jeff Callen

Determination of Fire Hose Friction Loss Characteristics” is the paper that won the 2013 Fire Protection Research Foundation Medal at this year’s NFPA Conference & Expo in Chicago.

Co-authored by Joseph L. Scheffey, director of R&D at Hughes Associates, Inc., the paper addresses the problem of calculating friction loss in fire hoses, a common task for fire fighters responsible for operating fire apparatus pumps. Three unrelated fire service facilities participated in the experimental program and conducted field tests, and the collective effort required to conduct this study has allowed the project to address the topic far beyond the available funding resources.

The award recognizes a Fire Protection Research Foundation project that best exemplifies the Foundation’s fire safety mission and the collaborative approach to execution that is the hallmark of all Foundation projects.