Vehicles have changed significantly over the years. Modern vehicles present new hazards due to the incorporation of larger quantities of combustible materials (e.g., fuels, plastics, and synthetic materials) into their designs. As the popularity of alternative fuel vehicles has grown, concerns regarding their unique hazards, burn characteristics, and typical burn duration have been raised. Modern parking garages have optimized space requirements for vehicle parking and storage, and often implement automated retrieval features and car stacking, which also presents unique hazards. Thus, it raises the question: have the safety infrastructure of these parking structures and the safety of vehicle carriers (i.e., maritime vessels) kept pace? This webinar will summarize the ongoing Fire Protection Research Foundation project with an overview of how the hazards of modern vehicles have changed, along with a review of the applicability of the existing fire protection requirements to these new hazards. The FPRF project is sponsored by the NFPA and SFPE Foundation.
When: Tuesday, June 2, 12:30-2 p.m. Eastern Time.
Presenters: Haavard R. Boehmer, P.E., and Michael S. Klassen, Ph.D., P.E., Combustion Science & Engineering, Inc.
Research Foundation Webinar Series 2020 is supported by: American Wood Council; Edwards Fire & Life Safety; Johnson Controls; Telgian Engineering & Consulting; the Zurich Services Corporation.