National Fire Service Research Agenda Symposium, June 1-3, 2005, Emmitsburg, MD.
National Fire Service Research Agenda Symposium, June
1-3, 2005, Emmitsburg, MD.
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,
Sponsor:National Institute of Standards and Technology,
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
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.