Post-Earthquake Fire and Lifelines Workshop; Long Beach, California, January 30-31, 1995. Proceedings.
Post-Earthquake Fire and Lifelines Workshop; Long Beach,
California, January 30-31, 1995. Proceedings.
Chung, R. M.; Jason, N. H.; Mohraz, B.; Mowrer, F. W.;
Walton, W. D.
NIST SP 889; 55 p. August 1995.
Available from: National Technical Information Service
(NTIS), Technology Administration, U.S. Department of
Commerce, Springfield, VA 22161.
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Order number: PB96-117916
building design; earthquakes; electric power; fire
departments; fire research; fire spread; lifelines;
liquid fuels; natural gas; seismic design; sprinkler
systems; telecommunicaitons; transportation; water
A post-earthquake fire and lifeline workshop sponsored
by the Building and Fire Research Laboratory, National
Institute of Standards and Technology, was held January
30-31, 1995, in Long Beach, California. The objective
of the workshop was to assess technology development and
research needs that will be used in developing
recommendations to reduce the number and severity of
post-earthquake fires. The workshop participants
included leaders in the fire service; fire protection
engineering; codes and standards; insurance;
transportation; and water, gas, power distribution, and
telecommunication utilities with experience in dealing
with consequences of earthquakes. The workshop
participants developed a list of priority project areas
where further research, technology development, or
information collection and dissemination would serve as
a vital step in reducing the losses from future
post-earthquake fires. The research and development
needs generated by the participants are separated into
two broad categories; ignition and fire spread, and fire
control. Under the category of ignition and fire spread
are the research needs related to either the direct
source of ignition or the first fuel ignited, a well as
factors that contribute to fire spread. The category of
fire control includes research needs related to systems
and personnel whose functions include the control and
extinguishment of fires.