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The NASFM Fire Research and Education

Doing The Right Thing For Fire Safety

To Advance the Mission of the National Association of State Fire Marshals

The NASFM Fire Research and Education Foundation (NASFM Foundation), a 501(c)(3) organization, works with companies, government agencies, associations, academic institutions and others that strive to achieve higher levels of fire safety for consumers and for the emergency response community.

The NASFM Foundation works to support the mission of the National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM), whose members are the senior fire officials and their chief deputies in the 50 US States and the District of Columbia. NASFM’s primary mission is to protect life, property and the environment from fire and related hazards.

The NASFM Foundation aims to further NASFM’s mission through science, innovation, research and education. Our long history of working on a broad range of fire protection issues, our connections within the public safety community, and our commitment to science- and fact-based outcomes make us uniquely suited to assisting organizations that seek to make the world a safer place from the devastation of fire.

Want to help? Read on to see how!

Challenges to Doing The Right Thing For Fire Safety

Today’s homes are filled with combustible products and materials that didn’t exist 20 years ago. How can we learn more about the changing nature and full extent of the hazards and risks posed by fire and the effect of those hazards on the public, firefighters and the built environment? What strategies can we employ to best protect against those hazards and risks?

· Education, by itself, is not enough. Warning labels, by themselves, are not enough. How can we persuade and guide people to act in safer ways? What do we need to know about their attitudes, motivations and behaviors before we can address safer behaviors

· Some fire safety standards and codes are decades old, based on outdated science and technologies, and poorly understood. How can we ensure that our nation’s fire safety standards and codes credibly reflect the hazards we find in the real world today? How can we improve the knowledge and skills of code enforcement officials to better address the hazards represented by both new and existing construction?

· As built-in fire protection becomes increasingly traded-off for automatic sprinklers in the model codes, has the concept of balanced fire protection – in which both active and passive measures work in tandem to protect the structure, its occupants and emergency responders – gone by the wayside?

· Some fire protection technologies may pose harm to health or the environment. How can we achieve higher levels of fire safety and at the same time ensure that there are no unacceptable risks to health and environmental quality as a result?

· Everything, including safety, comes at some cost. How can we create economic incentives to make safety more cost-effective so that those who choose to Do the Right Thing for Fire Safety are rewarded?

· The safety and preparedness of our emergency responders is crucial to effectively mitigating fires and related hazards when we do not succeed in preventing them. How can we ensure that emergency responders are properly trained and otherwise equipped to address the challenges and hazards that face them in today’s world?

The NASFM Fire Research and Education Foundation is committed to tackling these challenges and more by enhancing fire safety through research and education.



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