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Alarm Information for Decision Support



William D. Davis, Adam M. Barowy, Stephen Kerber


Experiments conducted in a Toledo Ohio school are used to examine the use of signals from simulated heat detectors by incident command. Two approaches are examined. The first is to use the signal from ceiling mounted thermocouples to deduce conditions in the fire room and hallway. The second approach is to process these signals using the Sensor-Driven Fire Model to provide additional information to incident command. It is found that both methods show promise but additional testing is necessary before either method is deployed.
Technical Note (NIST TN) - 1614
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computer modeling, fire experiments, heat detectors, decision support, heat alarms


Davis, W. , Barowy, A. and Kerber, S. (2010), Alarm Information for Decision Support, Technical Note (NIST TN), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed April 19, 2024)
Created November 4, 2010, Updated February 19, 2017