Need for a national review of the federal fire safety R&D issues and activities

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Despite the increasing safety awareness of the public and an overall realization in the marketplace that `safety sells,' the governmental and private fire safety R&D organizations seem to continue to struggle for recognition, funding, and even at times credibility. These difficulties are often absent in other R&D arenas dealing with public safety. A brief review of the state of fire safety R&D in the United States reveals, foremost, a need for a comprehensive review of government funded research activities and formulation of a national roadmap leading to a better coordinated and comprehensive analysis of the significance of fire safety. This article points out the need to treat fire hazard not as only a life-safety issue, but also as a potential economic threat when the critical infrastructures in communication, transportation, power distribution and other aspects of the interdependent web of the society is fully considered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages11
Specialist publicationJournal of Applied Fire Science
StatePublished - 1998

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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