Research for the Fire Service: Positive Pressure Ventilation

by Stephen Kerber and Daniel Madrzykowski  The Building and Fire Research Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) started a Firefighting Technology Group in order to focus on the research needs of the fire service. One key objective of the group is to provide information to improve firefighter safety.    NIST recently completed a multi-year study on positive pressure ventilation. A wide range of experiments were conducted including laboratory experiments, high-rise buildings and a high school. The reports all total more than 1,000 pages. This article will focus on the practical results of the studies. T...

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