Science in the Big Room
Free to attend
Approximately 90 minutes

The fire service continues to drive the movement for science-based research to better understand the fire environment and how tactics influence the fire conditions. Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) continue to partner with the fire service with laboratory and field fire research. UL is in the process of more closely studying fire suppression to educate the fire service in respect to the most appropriate use of suppression appliances and techniques. The most current information on this ground-breaking study will be explained and discussed. NIST is also continuing its efforts to answer questions that the fire service needs answered. NIST is currently looking at some line-of-duty death incidents to recreate the incident and test possible tactics that could possibly avert similar future tragic events. Implementing tactical changes in standard operating procedures and on the fireground will be discussed and illustrated.