A Strong United Voice for Fire Prevention

Understanding the Importance of Multiple Layers of Fire Safety Features in the Built Environment

Launched by the National Association of State Fire Marshals Fire Research and Education Foundation, the FAIL-SAFE project aims at
Factually Analyzing Integrated Layers of Safety Against Fire's Effects.  

The project is designed to study the impacts on fire & life safety in structures equipped with multiple layers of both active and passive fire protection features.  The goal is to understand how active and passive fire protection features interdepend on one another in providing the level of safety the public and the fire service have come to expect.  A series of coordinated research projects will be conducted in an effort to provide quantifiable data to better understand the relationship between multiple layers of fire safety features and occupant survivability.  The experiments will also provide critical insight into methods of increasing building and business resiliency when exposed to the effects of a fire event.

One important tool that was developed from the research is the Fire Risk Analysis MATRIX, a web-based application used for quantifying risk in existing buildings. The MATRIX is available for use, free of charge, at 

Inquiries about the project should be directed to Philip Oakes, Chief of Operations and Training at or 407-232-2807.

National Association of State Fire Marshals
PO Box 1224
Brusly, LA 70719

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