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The Fire Protection Research Foundation is launching three new suppression projects: Sprinkler Protection for Cloud Ceilings - Ph.2 will seek to obtain an understaning of how cloud ceiling panels impact sprinkler actuation. The major focus of the project is small clouds with a specific objective to determine the maximum gap... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2014 at Fire Protection Research Foundation
Based on the success of the first seminar in Paris last year, the Fire Protection Research Foundation and NFPA will present the seminar with new developments in London, England on May 22nd, 2014, once again in conjunction with Euro Sprinkler conference at the Tower Bridge Hotel. Sessions will cover emerging... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2013 at Fire Protection Research Foundation
The Fire Protection Research Foundation has been invited by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to provide an independent evaluation of the impact of recommendations stemming from the NIST National Construction Safety Team Investigations. A general protocal for conducting such evaluations cannot be created from scratch and still... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2013 at Fire Protection Research Foundation
A Call for Papers has been issued for the Fire Suppression, Detection and Signaling Research and Applications Symposium (SupDet 2014), to be held March 4-7, 2014 in Orlando, Florida. SupDet 2014 will address the latest developments in research, technology, and applications for the fire protection community. The symposium will be... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2013 at Fire Protection Research Foundation
The Foundation has issued a request for proposals for a project contractor to develop information to provide guidance to the NFPA 58 Technical Committee on the criteria that should be used to determine threshold value(s) for heavy snowfall. Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2013 at Fire Protection Research Foundation
A Request for Proposals has been issued for the Separation Distances in NFPA Codes and Standards research project. Proposals should be submitted to Kathleen Almand by June 14, 2013 , 5 pm EDT. The goal of the project is to provide guidance to NFPA technical committees on methodologies to develop... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2013 at Fire Protection Research Foundation
A Call for Papers has been issued for the Fire Suppression, Detection and Signaling Research and Applications Conference (SUPDET 2013), scheduled for February 26 – March 1, 2013 in Orlando, Florida. SUPDET 2013 will address the latest developments in research, technology, and applications for the fire protection community. Interested presenters... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2012 at Fire Protection Research Foundation
Cooking-equipment related fires are a leading cause of U.S. fire loss. The National Fire Protection Association reports that in 2003-2006, for example, there were 150,200 reported home cooking related fires per year, with associated annual losses of 500 civilian deaths, 4,700 civilian injuries and $756 million in direct property damage.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2012 at Fire Protection Research Foundation
The first emergency responder community is currently experiencing the enhancement of existing and development of new electronic technologies for use with personal protective equipment (PPE) ensembles. After 11 September 2001, the rate of technological innovation has accelerated, with additional consideration given toward CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosive) type... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2012 at Fire Protection Research Foundation
Cloud ceilings are ceiling panels that sit beneath the structural ceiling of a room or space and are seen increasingly in commercial and industrial buildings. “Cloud” panels range in area from discrete ceiling panels with large spaces in between, to close-to-full-room-area contiguous coverage with small gaps at the perimeter wall... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2012 at Fire Protection Research Foundation
Lithium ion battery cells and small battery packs (8 to 10 cells) are in wide consumer use today. Superior capacity has driven the demand for these batteries in electronic devices such as laptops, power tools, cameras, and cell phones. In 2011, the Foundation conducted a hazard and use assessment of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2012 at Fire Protection Research Foundation
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Presentations given at a one day seminar, "Global Research Update: High Challenge Storage Protection", are now available on the Research Foundation website. The seminar took place June 27 at the Marriott Rive Gauche in Paris, France, drawing 110 attendees from 17 nations. The Research Foundation and NFPA's international operations department... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2012 at Fire Protection Research Foundation
Various water additives are available in today’s marketplace that claim to provide advantageous performance characteristics for fire control and vapor mitigation. The goal of this project is to provide a comprehensive evaluation of water additives used for fire control and vapor mitigation, with the intent to clarify the fire protection... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2012 at Fire Protection Research Foundation
The Foundation has initiated a project on applying risk and reliability approaches to inspection, testing and maintenance (ITM) frequencies for fire protection systems and is seeking NFPA Technical Committee input at a half-day workshop scheduled for July 24 in Quincy, MA. The project grew out of a need for a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2012 at Fire Protection Research Foundation
In the light of recent incidents involving electric vehicle battery hazards, the Foundation, with support from the Departments of Energy and Transportation and the Alliance of Automotive Manufacturers, has initiated a project to develop the technical basis for first responder emergency response procedures. The project will include full-scale fire tests... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2012 at Fire Protection Research Foundation
The Research Foundation and NFPA invite you to the Global Research Update: High Challenge Storage Protection symposium to be held June 27, 2012 at the Marriott Rive Gauche in Paris, France. High challenge warehouse fire protection strategies are of global concern to the fire protection community. As new high hazard... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2012 at Fire Protection Research Foundation
The Foundation has issued a report on Structural Fire Resistance Experimental Research - Priority Needs of U.S. Industry. This report provides a synthesis of stakeholder input to a prioritized agenda for research at the National Fire Research Laboratory (NFRL) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) designed to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2012 at Fire Protection Research Foundation
Over the past thirty years, selected municipal water authorities have implemented strategies, including stand by fees and other policies, to recover costs for water consumed in fires in sprinklered buildings. Typically these fees are not directly related to sprinkler fire flows but rather are recognition of the fact that these... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2012 at Fire Protection Research Foundation
The 16th annual Suppression, Detection and Signaling Research and Applications Symposium (SUPDET 2012) is set for March 5-8, 2012 at the Sheraton Crescent Hotel in Phoenix. Register now SUPDET 2012 features 30 presentations and a special workshop on Emergency Communications Strategies. Keep your knowledge at the leading edge through presentations... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2011 at Fire Protection Research Foundation
Cooking related fires are a leading cause of U.S. fire loss. Beginning in the mid 1980’s, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the home appliance industry undertook a comprehensive review of strategies to mitigate death, injury and property loss from cooking fires with a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2011 at Fire Protection Research Foundation
Background: Information‐technology and telecommunications (IT/telecom) facilities provide critical services in today’s world. From a risk standpoint, the indirect impact of fire loss due to business interruption and loss of critical operations, sometimes geographically very distant from the IT/telecom facility itself, can far outweigh the direct property loss. In the past... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2011 at Fire Protection Research Foundation
Atlanta Marriott, Atlanta, GA 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM, December 6, 2011 This event offers a dynamic forum for the discussion of the safety aspects of alternative energy technologies and how they relate to the National Electrical Code® and related standards. Dont' miss this opportuntiy to join other leaders in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2011 at Fire Protection Research Foundation
Recent forecasts indicate that almost one million Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) or Plug-in Electric Vehicles (PEV) charge points will need to be installed in the United States by 2015, with approximately one-third of these being non-residential charging units. The National Electrical Code® addresses the safety of the built infrastructure... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2011 at Fire Protection Research Foundation
Powered rescue tools are commonly used by emergency first responders to extricate trapped victims from crashed motor vehicles, and a large inventory of these tools exists throughout today’s emergency response community. Recent years have seen improved auto manufacturing processes that have resulted in the proliferation of high-strength metal alloys and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2011 at Fire Protection Research Foundation
Motor vehicle crashes involving ambulances used for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) pose serious risk to both the crew and the patients. Data collection for ambulance crashes are regularly reported on a local or statewide basis and a need exists to compile and coordinate this data on a national basis. This... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2011 at Fire Protection Research Foundation