Research Foundation Medal awarded for wildfire urban evacuation modeling project

Blog Post created by mikehazell Employee on Jun 11, 2018

Research Foundation medal

During a reception at the NFPA Conference & Expo in Las Vegas, a project that describes a novel framework for modeling wildfire urban evacuations was awarded the 2018 Fire Protection Research Foundation Medal.


The project, “e-Sanctuary: Open Multi-Physics Framework for Modelling Wildfire Urban Evaluation,” argues that an integrated approach requires consideration and integration of all three important components of Wildfire Urban Interface (WUI) evacuation: fire spread, pedestrian movement, and traffic movement. The report includes a systematic review of each model component, and the key features needed for the integration into a comprehensive toolkit.


The award recognizes a Fire Protection Research Foundation project that best exemplifies the Foundation’s fire safety mission, technical challenges overcome, and collaborative approach.


The project was made possible by funding from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and was led by Enrico Ronchi (Lund University, Sweden), Guillermo Rein (Imperial College of London), and Steven Gwynne (National Research Council of Canada). Mr. Gwynne accepted the award on behalf of all those involved in the project.


The award was presented by Casey Grant, executive director of the Fire Protection Research Foundation..