New Residential Fire Study Shows Effects of Crew Size on Fire
2010 -- A landmark study released by the National Institute of Standards and
Technology (NIST) shows that the size of fire fighting crews has a substantial
effect on the fire service's ability to protect lives and property in
Click here to read the news release.
Watch a recent
interview with Dr. Lori Moore-Merrell, Assistant to the President,
discussing this important study. Moore was interviewed after giving a
presentation at the IAFC's Fire-Rescue Med Conference.
Conducted by a broad coalition in the scientific, fire fighting and public
safety communities, the study results found that four-person fire fighting crews
were able to complete 22 essential fire fighting and rescue tasks in a typical
residential structure 30 percent faster than two-person crews and 25 percent
faster than three-person crews.
The report is the first to quantify the effects of crew sizes and arrival times
on the fire service's lifesaving and fire fighting operations.
This and other scientific data in the report will help educate public officials,
fire chiefs and other decision-makers on the importance of adequate staffing and
deployment with respect to fire fighter and public safety.
Study investigators from NIST and the IAFF announced the results of the study at
a press conference at the Hilton Washington in Washington, DC, before the start
of the annual Congressional Fire Services Institute meeting of top fire safety
officials from the across the nation.
Click here for the full report.
The study is funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Federal
Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters grant program.
Read General President Harold Schaitberger's blog, "Fire
Fighter Staffing and Deployment Study Released"
For more information, contact Lori Moore-Merrell at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202)