Firefighting News: High-Rise Fire Study Evaluates Effectiveness of Firefighter Crew Sizes, Elevator Use

04/10/2013
When responding to fires in high-rise buildings, firefighting crews of five or six members -- instead of three or four -- are significantly faster in putting out fires and completing search-and-rescue operations, concludes a major new study* carried out by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), in cooperation with five other organizations. Results of the study, carried out with 13 Washington, D.C.-area fire departments, were presented today at the 2013 Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Conference in Phoenix. "Unlike most house fires, high-rise fires are high-hazard situations that pose unique operational challenges to fire service response. How big a fire gets and how much...

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