NIST report supports adequate staffing for high-rise fires, says NFPA Journal

Blog Post created by ryan.quinn Employee on Jul 31, 2013

!http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef0192ac4a30b2970d-500wi|src=http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef0192ac4a30b2970d-500wi|alt=BAB4906AF425424A812A1BCB93E36BE2.ashx|style=margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;|title=BAB4906AF425424A812A1BCB93E36BE2.ashx|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef0192ac4a30b2970d!Finally, there is scientific evidence to support requests for adequate staffing levels and response times for fire departments that protect high-rise buildings, say Russ Sanders and Ben Klaene in their column "Diminishing Returns" in the July/August issue of NFPA Journal. In April, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released its report, High-Rise Fireground Field Experiments, which confirms what every firefighter knows: the fewer firefighters that respond to a fire and the longer it takes them to get to the scene, the larger the fire gets and the greater danger it poses. Armed with this data, say Sanders and Klaene, it may be time to for fire departments to re-examine their resources to see if adding more units to high-rise alarms, staging more companies at the scene, or revising your standard operating procedures will help you do your job better.