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Major Residential Fire Study to be Issued April 28
Release Date: 04/27/2010

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will issue the results of a multi-institutional landmark national study on the effects … more

Smoke Alarms + Sprinklers + Closed Doors = Lives Saved in Dorm Fires
Release Date: 03/30/2010

Experimenting on a university dormitory that was scheduled to be torn down, fire researchers from the National Institute of Standards and … more

High Rise Fire Study Provides Insight Into Deadly Wind-Driven Fires
Release Date: 05/05/2009

Fire researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have just published two reports providing details of how wind … more

Live Fire Experiments Examine Impact of Changes in Firefighting Resources
Release Date: 02/10/2009

Minutes after a two-story townhouse caught fire on Feb. 5, engines and crews raced to the townhouse to extinguish the fire and search for victims. … more

Carbon Nanofibers Cut Flammability of Upholstered Furniture
Release Date: 12/09/2008

Carbon, the active ingredient in charcoal, is normally not considered a fire retardant, but researchers at the National Institute of Standards and … more

High Rise Fire Fighting—Effective Use of Positive Pressure Ventilation
Release Date: 06/24/2008

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) engineers recently released a two-disk DVD set that demonstrates how Positive Pressure … more

NIST Evaluates Firefighting Tactics In NYC High-Rise Test
Release Date: 03/18/2008

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) fire protection engineers turned an abandoned New York City (NYC) brick high-rise into a … more

Fans Clear High-Rise Stairwells of Smoke
Release Date: 06/21/2007

High pressure fans that direct air flow up the stairway of a burning high-rise building can increase the effectiveness of firefighters and the … more

NIST Test Fans the Flames for High-Rise Fire Safety
Release Date: 11/22/2006

Members of a research team watch flames erupt from an abandoned Chicago apartment building during a Nov. 10 test of positive pressure ventilation … more

NIST Software Makes Fire Gear Choice Easier
Release Date: 06/08/2006

Firefighters know that protective "turnout gear" (pants and coats) can save their lives. Yet because there are several different attributes of … more

Fire Panel Changes Offer Real-Time Fire Status Data
Release Date: 02/02/2006

Fire panels, or “annunciators,” are electronic devices that display data on building conditions in one easily accessible location. When used by … more

Updated Fire Modeling Software Released
Release Date: 11/03/2005

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released in September an updated version of a popular computer program that fire … more

Meeting Slated to Discuss Structural Steel and Fire
Release Date: 06/02/2005

The World Trade Center (WTC) terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, showed the critical importance of fire resistant materials for structural steel. … more

NIST Issues Guidelines to Protect First Responders Exposed To Chemical, Biological, Radiological or Nuclear Agents
Release Date: 09/19/2002

A new report issued today by the Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is the first comprehensive set of … more

NIST Fire Research Seeks a Safer Night's Sleep for All
Release Date: 07/17/2000

Engineers at the Building and Fire Research Laboratory (BFRL) of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, an agency of the Commerce … more

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