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Post-Earthquake Fire and Lifelines Workshop; Long Beach, California, January 30-31, 1995. Proceedings.


pdf icon Post-Earthquake Fire and Lifelines Workshop; Long Beach, California, January 30-31, 1995. Proceedings. (140 K)
Chung, R. M.; Jason, N. H.; Mohraz, B.; Mowrer, F. W.; Walton, W. D.

NIST SP 889; 55 p. August 1995.

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Keywords:

building design; earthquakes; electric power; fire departments; fire research; fire spread; lifelines; liquid fuels; natural gas; seismic design; sprinkler systems; telecommunicaitons; transportation; water services

Abstract:

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.