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New Online Course Based on NIST Research Highlights Insights on Modern Firefighting
Release Date: 04/22/2014

A new, free, online course offered by the UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute (FSRI) highlights the tactical application of nearly two … more

NIST Study Suggests Ways to Improve Common Furniture Fire Test
Release Date: 02/10/2014

The bench-scale test widely used to evaluate whether a burning cigarette will ignite upholstered furniture may underestimate the tendency of … more

Layered Security: Nanotubes Promise Improved Flame-Resistant Coating
Release Date: 01/14/2014

Using an approach akin to assembling a club sandwich at the nanoscale, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) researchers have … more

New NIST Test for Firefighter Breathing Equipment Goes into Effect Sept. 1
Release Date: 06/25/2013

As of Sept. 1, 2013, standard firefighter breathing equipment cannot be certified to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards unless … more

Workshop Identifies Research Priorities to Mitigate Fires in the Wildland-Urban Interface
Release Date: 05/28/2013

Over 46 million residential structures in the United States are in areas at risk of wildfires. A new publication* from the National Institute of … more

Terracotta and Cement Roofs Vulnerable in Wildfires, NIST Study Finds
Release Date: 05/14/2013

Although made of fire-resistant materials, terracotta and cement roof tiles are vulnerable to penetration by windblown embers generated in … more

Landmark NIST Study Evaluates Effectiveness of Crew Sizes in High-Rise Fires
Release Date: 04/17/2013

When responding to fires in high-rise buildings, firefighting crews of five or six members—instead of three or four—are significantly faster in … more

Landmark High-Rise Fire Study Evaluates Effectiveness of Crew Sizes, Elevator Use
Release Date: 04/10/2013

PHOENIX – When responding to fires in high-rise buildings, firefighting crews of five or six members—instead of three or four—are significantly … more

'Live Burns' in Spartanburg, S.C., Will Benefit Research and Firefighter Training
Release Date: 01/24/2013

Firefighters in Spartanburg, S.C., battle a 'test burn' of an abandoned house in an experiment to demonstrate new techniques for combatting … more

Forensics@NIST 2012 Webcast Now Available
Release Date: 01/07/2013

On November 28 -30, 2012, NIST hosted the Forensics@NIST symposium at its Gaithersburg, Maryland campus. The symposium featured three days of … more

NIST and Forest Service Create World’s First Hazard Scale for Wildland Fires
Release Date: 12/05/2012

USFS Contact: Yasmeen Sands 360-753-7716 GAITHERSBURG, Md.—Two federal agencies have teamed to create the first-ever system for linking accurate … more

Register For Forensics@NIST
Release Date: 09/19/2012

  Online registration is now open for Forensics@NIST 2012, a three-day symposium on cutting-edge forensic science research being performed at … more

New NIST Strategic Roadmap Aims to Reduce the Nation's Preventable Fire Burden by a Third
Release Date: 09/05/2012

The United States already has one of the highest direct fire loss rates among developed nations, and progress in reducing this tremendous burden … more

NIST Study of Hazard to Firefighters Leads to Safety Alert
Release Date: 07/25/2012

Results of "live burn" studies and laboratory tests conducted by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) fire researchers helped to … more

Live Fire Tests with FDNY Will Guide Improvements in Fire Department Tactics
Release Date: 07/11/2012

In the name of science, but with aim of saving lives, preventing injuries and reducing property losses, members of the New York City Fire … more

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