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Engineered Fire Safety Group


The Engineered Fire Safety Group develops and applies measurement science for cost-effective fire protection and risk-informed life safety decisions for buildings and wildland-urban interface communities. The group also develops advanced, validated models with quantified accuracy and integrates the knowledge, tools, and models to assess building performance with respect to

  • ignition,
  • fire growth and spread,
  • detection,
  • suppression,
  • toxicity, and
  • egress.

Post-Doc Program Outstanding applicants are sought for a number of postdoctoral fellowships available through the National Research Council Program. Group members act as research advisors for Post-Doctoral Fellows in a variety of project areas.


Fire Risk Reduction in Buildings Program—To develop and apply advances in fire and structure-fire measurement capabilities and behavior predictive computational tools, standardized fire testing tools and methodologies, advanced fire …

Residential Fire Safety Innovation Project—Residential fire losses substantially dominate the total fire losses in the U.S. accounting for 83 % of the 2855 deaths, 78 % or the 16500 injuries, and 58 % of the estimated $ 12.5 billion in …

Fire Modeling for Performance-Based Design Project—The Fire Research Division develops and maintains a set of computational tools to analyze fire behavior. These tools include the Consolidated Model of Fire and Smoke Transport (CFAST) zone model, …

Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Transport Project—The capabilities of the NIST National Fire Research Laboratory (NFRL) will be extended to provide a test bed for performance evaluation of instruments and test methods used for the monitoring of …

Safety of Building Occupants Projects—NIST will develop a model to predict evacuation decision-making during fires through a better understanding and quantification of the risk perceived by individuals during an emergency …

Advanced Fire Detection Project—This project will develop the technology to significantly reduce residential fire deaths through demonstration of economical advanced detection systems and the proposal of enabling codes and …