Wednesday, April 28, 2010

NEWS RELEASE: Major Residential Fire Study to be Issued Today

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Maryland will issue the results of a multi-institutional landmark national study on the effects of firefighter staffing levels and crew arrival times on residential firefighting operations. The report provides scientific data that will help inform fire chiefs and public officials make decisions on firefighting budgets, crew sizes and placement of fire stations. The field experiments were conducted at the Montgomery County Public Safety Training Academy in Rockville, Md. Fire crews from Montgomery County, Maryland and Fairfax County, Virginia responded to live fires during the field experiments within this facility.
Speakers will include principal investigators from NIST and the International Association of Fire Fighters. A public stakeholder meeting follows immediately.

When: Wednesday, April 28, 2010 9:00 a.m. EDT

Where: Washington Hilton, Jefferson East (Concourse Level) 1919 Connecticut Avenue NW Washington, D.C. 20009 202-483-3000

Teleconference Call in Number for Reporters: after 8:45 a.m. (800) 857-9638 Passcode: 29459

Background: For an earlier report on the study see a February 10, 2009 article at

Note to Editors: B-roll video is also available upon request.

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