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Fire Safety Guidelines for Vehicles in a Downtown People Mover System. Final Report.


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Peacock, R. D.

NBSIR 78-1586; 57 p. January 1979.

Sponsor:

Department of Transportation, Washington, DC

Available from:

National Technical Information Service
Order number: PB-292600

Keywords:

emergency plans; evacuating (transportation); fire detection; fire safety; fire suppression; evacuation

Abstract:

The results of a study to formulate fire safety guidelines to be required for vehicles used in Downtown People Mover (DPM) systems for the movement of people in a congested urban area are presented. Through a review of the design features of existing people mover vehicles and systems, and a review of proposed new systems, fire scenarios are developed and guidelines suggested to minimie the fire risk to passengers. Methods and criteria, based on established test procedures, are proposed for assessing the flammability and smoke generation of interior finish and furnishing materials. Fire and smoke detection and suppression equipment are recommended, along with proposed guidelines for emergency evacuation provisions and emergency communication requirements. An extensive bibliography of flammability in fixed guideway transit systems is included.