High-Rise Fire Study Results Support Need for Larger Crew
April 10, 2013 –Results were released today of a new
study conducted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
that scientifically documents the effects of crew size in responding to fires in
Information and materials are now available
online to help affiliates better
understand the study and potential ways to use it with local press and decision
makers based on their jurisdiction and situation. The toolkit includes sample
press releases and sample op-ed that can be modified/customized to submit to
local newspapers, radio stations and television stations.
Whether your jurisdiction is contemplating cuts to crew sizes or you need
additional evidence to document why crew sizes need to be increased for public
safety and fire fighter safety, this groundbreaking study is an invaluable
resource for IAFF affiliates to use
to educate policy and decision makers about why having too few fire fighters on
each apparatus can cost lives and property in high-rise building fires.
Additional information, including a video description of this
landmark high-rise fire study is available
The study results were announced at a press event held April 10 during the 2013
Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Conference in Phoenix, Arizona.
Click here to watch the video.
The High-Rise study complements a
2010 NIST study that
shows that the size of fire fighting crews affects the ability to protect lives
and property in residential fires.