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Major Residential Fire Study to be Issued April 28

For Immediate Release: April 27, 2010

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Contact: Evelyn Brown
301-975-5661

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will issue the results of a multi-institutional landmark national study on the effects of firefighter staffing levels and crew arrival times on residential firefighting operations in a news briefing on April 28, 2010.

The report provides scientific data that will help inform fire chiefs and public officials make decisions on firefighting budgets, crew sizes and placement of fire stations. Speakers will include principal investigators from NIST and the International Association of Fire Fighters. A public stakeholder meeting will follow.

The briefing will be held on Wednesday, April 28, 2010, 9:00 a.m. Eastern time, at the Washington Hilton, Jefferson East Room (Concourse Level), 1919 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C.

A teleconference call for the news briefing will be available for interested reporters who are not able to attend. Journalists should contact Evelyn Brown, (301) 975-5661, evelyn.brown@nist.gov, for more information.

For an earlier story on the study, see “Live Fire Experiments Examine Impact of Changes in Firefighting Resources” in NIST Tech Beat, Feb. 10, 2009, at www.nist.gov/public_affairs/techbeat/tb2009_0210.htm#fire.