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Determination of Behavior Response Patterns in Fire Situations, Project People II. Final Report. Incident Reports August 1977-June 1980.


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Bryan, J. L.; DiNenno, P. J.; Milke, J. A.

NBS GCR 80-297; 234 p. December 1980.

Sponsor:

National Bureau of Standards, Gaithersburg, MD

Available from:

National Technical Information Service
Order number: PB81-224545

Keywords:

doors; evacuation; fire alarm systems; fire departments; fire extinguishers; fire investigations; hospitals; nursing homes; nursing staff; smoke; smoke detectors; sprinkler systems

Abstract:

This report is a summary and initial analysis of the sixty-five fire incidents included in the study population of Project People II. The fire incidents have been analyzed to present in tabular form the descriptive characteristics of the facilities with the construction, interior finish, and fire zone features shown. Staff and fire department behavioral actions were summarized and are presented in another table, with the number of persons evacuated, the means of evacuation table, with the number of persons evacuated, the means of evacuation, the extinguishment behavior, the closing of doors and the ventilation of smoke through the facility windows. The fire protection features of the facilities are presented in a third table. The sixty-five fire incidents included in this summary occurred between August 10, 1977 and June 25, 1980. The facilities involved in the incidents have primarily been health care facilities in accordance with the objective of the research study, with twenty-five nursing home or convalescent center and thirty-three hospital incidents. In addition, two schools, two high rise apartments, two university dormitories and one correctional institution fire incidents were included due to the extensive evacuation behavior. The abstract of each fire incident report is presented with the diagrams of the maximum fire and smoke development in the realms and the movements of personnel in the survey of the facility and interviews with critical fire department, staff and patient personnel.