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Proceedings of the 2009 Workshop on Innovative Fire Protection



Anthony P. Hamins, Francine K. Amon, Jason D. Averill, Nelson P. Bryner, David T. Butry, Rick D. Davis, Richard G. Gann, Jeffrey W. Gilman, Samuel L. Manzello, Randall J. McDermott, William E. Mell, Nathan D. Marsh


The Innovative Fire Protection Workshop was held at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on June 4 and 5, 2009. The 70 participants represented a broad range of stakeholder perspectives, including various non-profit, academic, industry, and government organizations with an interest in fire safety. This report documents the Workshop results, which provided valuable suggestions on how best to reduce fire losses in the United States. The Workshop was broken into 3 plenary and 9 group breakout sessions. During the breakout sessions, the participants met in five Groups ( Breakout Groups ) to discuss various aspects of the national fire problem including fire prevention, fire protection, fire service, wildland-urban interface fires, and cross-cutting issues. This charge of the last group was to focus on areas of overlap and areas that might be overlooked by the other groups. Each of the Breakout Groups was composed of about 10 to 15 participants. The Groups were asked to identify technologies that could reduce fire losses and improve life safety, identify metrics to evaluate the potential of the various technologies, and identify the technical and non-technical barriers that hinder application of the technologies. The Groups were also asked to identify any gaps in measurement science that prevent successful implementation of the technologies. Through this process, more than 200 technologies were identified as potentially important in reducing the national fire problem. The Groups also identified dozens of barriers, both technical and non-technical in nature, and measurement science needs that they felt were preventing successful implementation of enabling technologies. After establishing metrics, the Groups selected a set of the technologies for detailed evaluation, rating the potential of the technologies to have an impact on the fire problem. The results of the group discussions are documented as part of this report.
Technical Note (NIST TN) - 1662
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fire research, roadmap, strategic planning, stakeholders


Hamins, A. , Amon, F. , Averill, J. , Bryner, N. , Butry, D. , Davis, R. , Gann, R. , Gilman, J. , Manzello, S. , McDermott, R. , Mell, W. and Marsh, N. (2010), Proceedings of the 2009 Workshop on Innovative Fire Protection, Technical Note (NIST TN), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed July 13, 2024)


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Created February 17, 2010, Updated February 19, 2017