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National Fire Service Research Agenda Symposium, June 1-3, 2005, Emmitsburg, MD.


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National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

NIST GCR 08-918; 53 p. November 2008.

National Fire Service Research Agenda Symposium. Proceedings. June 1-3, 2005, Emmitsburg, MD, 53 pp, 2008.

Sponsor:

National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD

Keywords:

fire departments; conferences; fire research; fire fighters; life safety; fire safety; health hazards; death; fire fatalities; fire fighting; wildland fires; fire fighting training; training; fire fighting vehicles; fire risk; risk reduction; fire protection; building construction; medical services; human behavior; fire science; heat stress; risks; physiological effects; evaluation; smoking; risk assessment

Abstract:

On June 1, 2 and 3, 2005, The National Fire Service Research Agenda Symposium was conducted at the National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, Maryland. The Symposium was conduct by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) and funded by a grant from the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) through the Center for Fire Research. This work was performed under the sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Award No. 60NANB4D1131. The United States Fire Administration provided the facilities to host the symposium and was directly involved in the planning and all other aspects of the symposium. The purpose of the symposium was to produce a document that will identify and prioritize the areas where research efforts should be directed to support improvements in firefighter life safety. The emphasis on efforts to address firefighter safety and health concerns coincides with the mission of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, as well as the goal of the United States Fire Administration to reduce line-of-duty deaths by 25% within fire years and 50% within ten years. This document is intended to be used as a guide for both research organizations and sponsoring agencies to support the mission of reducing firefighter fatalities. The overall scope of the symposium included firefighter health and wellness; structural firefighting; wildland firefighting; firefighter training; emergency vehicle design and operations; and reduction of fire risk occurrences. The 53 symposium attendees represented several segments of the research community, including fire protection, building construction, occupational medicine and behavioral science; fire service organizations, individual fire departments and allied professionals. (A listing of all attendees and their affiliations is included at the end of this paper.). Attendees identified opportunities for sharing efforts and results, and organizations that currently or could potentially sponsor, conduct and participate in various projects aimed at improving firefighter life safety.