NFPA associate engineer Daniel Gorham kicked-off the last day of the Fire Protection Research Foundation’s 2015 Suppression, Detection and Signaling Research and Applications (SUPDET) in Orlando, Florida, on Friday morning.
In his presentation, “Application of Fire Protection in Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) Design: Hazard Definition and Review of Current Practices,” Gorham outlined the growing problem of wildfire and why trained fire protection engineers have to be part of the solution.
“The knowledge gap is huge,” he said, speaking of what is currently known about wildfire behavior. “We are starting to understand that FPEs need to have a role here. FPEs have the tools and skill sets to contribute and we are starting to close that (knowledge) gap and gain momentum.”
Attendees also heard presentations this morning on effervescent water mist fire suppression nozzles, hybrid fire suppression systems for the protection of gas turbines, and a project looking at protecting sensitive materials in museums and archives.
Daniel Gorham presenting at the 2015 SUBDET Conference in Orlando, Florida.