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Jay A. McElroy

Jay A. McElroy is an engineering technician in the Fire Fighting Technology Group of the Fire Research Division (FRD) of the Engineering Laboratory (EL) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Mr. McElroy has worked in fire suppression and large fire research, at NIST, for the past nine years. He has designed and fabricated measurement apparatus for projects relating to water spray characterization, production of Class A foam, burning of oil spills and response of fire sprinkler systems.

Mr. McElroy developed a remote controlled video camera package which was suspended from a mini-blimp to provide aerial monitoring of large oil fire experiments conducted in Mobile. In addition, he developed the prototypes for the combustion gas and particulate sampling package which could be suspended from a helicopter. Mr. McElroy participated in the Newfoundland Offshore Burn Experiment, the Alaska Clean Seas Oil Spill Clean Up Study, a study of soot yield from crude oil pool fires in Japan, and several series of experiments at the U.S. Coast Guard Fire Safety Detachment in Mobile, Alabama.

Over the past three years, Mr. McElroy has assisted with large scale experiments aimed at quantifying the fire suppression effectiveness of sprinkler, water mist, and Class A foam systems. His contribution to these studies involved development and fabrication of stand alone water supply systems, application nozzles and instrumentation.

Mr. McElroy is responsible for providing most of the photographic and video documentation, analysis and archival for the Large Fire Research Group. He also maintains the instrumentation and equipment required to conduct large scale fire experiments outside a laboratory environment.

Prior to coming to NIST, Mr. McElroy worked as an electronics technician for the Consumer Products Safety Commission at their National Engineering Laboratory. During his eight years at CPSC, he conducted product safety assessments and instrumentation maintenance and calibration.

Jay A. McElroy


Engineering Technician
Fire Research Division
Fire Fighting Technology


University of Maryland, Electrical Engineering Courses

Hagerstown Community College, A.A., Engineering


Phone: 301-975-6687
Email: jay.mcelroy@nist.gov
Fax: 301-975-4647