These days, says Kathleen Almand, vice-president of Research at NFPA, it seems that everyone is talking about smart firefighting, particularly the use of data to improve fire inspection and enforcement decision-making. In the November/December issue of NFPA Journal, Almand discusses several projects the Fire Protection Research Foundation is undertaking to further the discussion and inform NFPA’s initiatives and standards.
On November 19, for example, the Foundation will bring together fire prevention personnel from 15 jurisdictions to discuss how they use data, such as inspection records, real estate data, population risk factors, and fire department calls, to make enforcement and inspection programs more efficient and effective. Another program, undertaken at the request of the fire alarm industry, aims to develop data that will help enforcers better understand the unwanted alarm issue. And a third project is designed to compile and analyze fire pump testing records to help facility owners develop more efficient inspection programs.
For more detailed information on these projects, read Almand’s column “The Progress of Smart” in the latest issue of NFPA Journal.
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