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A Needs Assessment of the U.S. Fire Service

The purpose of this study was to 1) define the current role and activities associated with the fire services; 2) determine the adequacy of current levels of funding; and 3) provide a needs assessment to identify shortfalls.


America at Risk

The final report of the America Burning Recommissioned Commission. The Commission reached two major conclusions: 1) the frequency and severity of fires in America is a result of our nation's failure to adequately apply and fund known loss reduction strategies and 2) firefighters and the communities they serve would benefit if the approach to avoiding loss from fires and other hazards was equal to the dedication shown in firefighting and rescue operations.

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America Burning

Perhaps the most widely quoted fire protection publication, this report set the stage for national consciousness-raising about the need for as much concern about fire prevention as for fire suppression.

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America Burning Revisited

This follow-up to the original report, AMERICA BURNING, reviews the progress made to combat the fire problem and to redefine the strategies needed to further reduce loss of life and property to fire.

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Backflow Protection for Residential Sprinkler Systems

This report addresses risk versus benefit issues associated with the installation of residential fire sprinkler systems. A primary objective of this assessment is to rate the risk of potable water contamination from a residential sprinkler system.


Behavioral Mitigation of Cooking Fires

This report presents sound, research-based recommendations for behavioral mitigation strategies to reduce cooking fires in the United States and the resulting injuries and deaths.

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Campus Fire Fatalities in Residential Buildings (2000-2015)

This report for fire safety officials presents findings from a study that looked at data from fatal campus fires and the fatalities that resulted from them. Factors leading to the fire deaths of college students are highlighted to help officials plan programs that will prevent fire injuries and deaths on college campuses in the future.


Changing Severity of Home Fires Workshop Report

On Dec. 11-12, 2012, in response to an invitation from the U.S. Fire Administration, leading national organizations representing the fire service, fire researchers and other stakeholders in home fire safety came together at the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute in College Park, Md., to explore how changing building construction methods, materials and building contents are affecting the way fires grow and develop in today’s homes.


Confined Space Rescue on SS Gem State - Tacoma, WA

Details rescue of victim unconscious from unknown circumstances. During the operation, several firefighters were overcome by high levels of carbon monoxide.


Crash of Two Subway Trains on the Williamsburg Bridge - New York City, NY

Details interagency response of the NYC EMS, Fire Department and Police Department to the crash of two subway trains.


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