The Fire Protection Research Foundation, the research affiliate of the National Fire Protection Association, is hosting a free “Fire Protection Research Foundation 40th Anniversary Webinar Series” in support of its four decades of facilitating research in support of the fire and life safety community. The two-day series will be held Aug. 24 – 25.

Since 1982, the Fire Protection Research Foundation has collaborated with organizations around the world to investigate emerging fire, electrical and related safety hazards and solutions. Its work includes aiding in the development of major domestic and international research programs that address an ever-changing world and the increasing challenges to fire safety in the built environment. Industry challenges include data collection and data analytics to inform policy, hazards of new materials and systems, strategies for community resilience, firefighter safety and more.

The webinar will focus on current Foundation research priorities and other topics related to fire and life safety. The two-day series consists of presentations by subject matter experts who will address the following themes:

Day 1: Aug. 24, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

  • Reduce Residential Fire Losses
    • Fire Safety in the U.S. since 1980
    • Cooking fires
    • Impact of Medications on Older Adult Falls and Fire Risk
  • Strategies for Community Resilience
    • Wildland & Wildland Urban Interface Fires
    • CAREDEX: Disaster Resilience in Aging Communities via a Secure Data Exchange
    • Global Community Resilience
  • Data Collection and Data Analytics to Inform Policy
    • Global Fire data standardization
    • Insurance Data – openIDL
    • CRAIG 1300
    • National Firefighter Cancer Registry

Day 2: Aug. 25, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

  • Hazards of New Materials and Systems
    • Fire Safety Challenges of Green Buildings
    • Energy Storage Systems
    • Hazards of Modern Vehicles in Parking Structures
  • Increase Effectiveness and Reliability of Safety Systems
    • Impact of Research on NFPA 13n
    • Impact of Research on NFPA 72
    • Effectiveness of fluorine-free firefighting foams
  • Firefighting Safety and Effectiveness
  • Fire Service Contamination Control & PPE Cleaning Validation
  • Firefighting foams: fire service road map
  • Firefighter immersive learning training