National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) News

Prominent Edge’s StatEngine project graduates from NIST Public Safety Innovation Accelerator Program

Prominent Edge LLC is proud to announce its graduation from the NIST Public Safety Innovation Accelerator Program - the first such company to do so. Through a grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Prominent Edge developed StatEngine, a real-time open source data analytics and visualization platform for public safety organizations.  StatEngine currently powers NFORS, the National Fire Operations Reporting System. NFORS is a fire service analytical system, the...

NFPA presents awards to recognize achievements in fire and life safety

The High Volume/Low Speed Fans and Sprinkler Operation won the 2012 Fire Protection Research Foundation Medal The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) presented four awards to recognize achievements in fire and life safety at the 2012 NFPA Conference & Expo. The recipient of the 2012 Harry C. Bigglestone Award for Excellence in Communication of Fire Protection Concepts is Dr. Gregory T. Linteris for his paper, “Clean Agent Suppression of Energized Electrical...

Fire Protection Research Foundation reports fire safety measures for home cooking

Cooking equipment-related fires are a leading cause of U.S. fire loss The Fire Protection Research Foundation is addressing ways to reduce the numbers of deaths, injuries and property losses from home cooking fires. The Foundation recently released a report with the results of a study commissioned by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The study identified major cooking fire scenarios and focused on the types of prevention technologies suitable for use o...

Final report released on Charleston fire that killed nine firefighters

The NIST has issued a report on its study of the fire at the Sofa Super Store, Charleston, S.C NIST’s final report on its study of the fire at the Sofa Super Store in Charleston, S.C states the major factors involved in the rapid spread of fire. The fire trapped and killed nine firefighters, the highest number of firefighter deaths in a single event since 9/11. The final report is strengthened by clarifications and supplemental text based on comments...

New US study emphasises cost benefits of sprinkler systems in dwellings

Home fire sprinkler incentives underscored in new Fire Protection Research Foundation study Overall value and impact of home fire sprinkler incentives underscored in new Fire Protection Research Foundation study. Incentives for sprinkler installations in new U.S. homes are becoming increasingly common due to building codes and ordinances, and in recognition of the life safety benefits these systems provide. That’s according to “Incentives for the Use of Residentia...

Fire Protection Research Foundation gets $250,000 funding from NIST

Smart Grid Intiative focusses on next generation of power distribution NIST and other government agencies are undertaking a comprehensive series of programs to develop technology and information to enable the rapid transition to the next generation of power distribution through the Smart Grid initiative. The Fire Protection Research Foundation (FPRF), an affiliate of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), was awarded $250,000 from the National Institute of Standards...

NIST study reveals importance of crew sizes and arrival times in successful firefighting operations

A new study shows residential fires cause much damage to life and property  A landmark study issued by the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) shows that the size of firefighting crews has a substantial effect on the fire service's ability to protect lives and property in residential fires. Performed by a broad coalition in the scientific, firefighting and public-safety communities, the study found that four-person firefigh...

USFA and NIST initiate study of SCBA thermal performance

A firefighter adjusting her SCBA. USFA and NIST are investigating whether SCBA facepieces can be made safer Study follows incidents of SCBA face piece failure The United States Fire Administration (USFA) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have started a research study to examine the enhancement of thermal performance of self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) face pieces to increase the protection of firefighters. "There have been incidents o...

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