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The Fire Protection Research Foundation is happy to announce the addition of two new project managers, Dan Gorham and Sreenivasan (Sreeni) Ranganathan.  Both are familiar faces at NFPA as Dan comes to us from the Industrial & Chemical Engineering Group, and Sreeni has been the Foundation’s co-op employee since January.  They bring diverse backgrounds and strong skills in support of the work of the Research Foundation. 

Dan has a Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Maryland both in Fire Protection Engineering, and has completed the NCESS Fundamentals of Engineering Exam.  Dan has multiple structural and wildland fire fighter certifications and fire fighting experience in both arenas.  He was the staff liaison for multiple NFPA codes and standards across a range of diverse technical topics.

Sreeni is currently on track to complete his Ph.D. in Fire Protection Engineering at Worcester  Polytechnic Institute later in 2016.  He has a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras India, and a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the N.S.S. College of Engineering in Palakkad, India.  Sreeni brings solid technical skills to our staff with strengths on combustion and explosion protection, thermal and fluids. 

Dan and Sreeni will each take on multiple research projects conducted by the Foundation in support of the NFPA mission.

The Fire Protection Research Foundation has a new research project underway to clarify contaminant removal from fire fighters’ personal protective equipment (PPE).  This project is titled: Investigation of Turnout Clothing Contamination and Validation of Cleaning Procedures – Phase 1.

While general cleaning procedures have been established in NFPA 1851, Standard on Selection, Care, and Maintenance of Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire Fighting, more science is needed to support, clarify and enhance those procedures to ensure optimum contaminant removal.

This issue is of serious concern to today’s fire service community, particularly as cancer - a leading concern for fire fighter health – is presumably linked to fireground exposures and associated PPE contamination.

The first phase of the Foundation project focuses on gathering information and data to identify and characterize persistent contaminants in fire fighter PPE.  An RFP was recently issued (with a due date of 8/May) and the final report on Phase 1 is scheduled for late 2015.

The Fire Protection Research Foundation invites you to take advantage of its free webinars. In 2015, six webinars will be offered to all those interested at no cost.

The first webinar of the year, to be scheduled shortly, is entitled Assessment of Hazardous Voltage/Current in Marinas, Boatyards and Floating Buildings. Delivered by John Adey, President of American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC), the webinar will present the results of the recently completed Foundation report. The goal of this project was to identify and summarize available information that clarifies the problem of hazardous voltage/current in marinas, boatyards and floating buildings, and to develop a mitigation strategy to address identified hazards.

The next webinar, Wildland Fire Ignition Pathways with Dr. Michael Gollner from University of Maryland, is scheduled for April 21, 12:30-2 pm.

Other webinars:

  • June – Smoke Alarm Nuisance Source Characterization
  • August – PV Update - Insurers Perspective
  • October – TBA
  • December – ESFRs and Obstructions

All of the above webinars are sponsored by the Fire Protection Research Foundation with support from: Eaton Corporation; Globe Fire Sprinkler Corporation; IKEA; National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST); Proctor & Gamble; Property Insurance Research Group (PIRG); SimplexGrinnell; Tyco Fire Protection Products; Viking Sprinkler Corporation; Zurich Insurance

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