SFPE publishes report on environmental health impacts of fire suppression

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The SFPE Foundation has announced the conclusion of its research project and the publication of a report on the environmental and health impacts of fire and fire-suppression activities during large-scale fire events.

Led by Jamie L. McAllister, P.E., Ph.D., Brendan McCarrick, P.E., Zelda Q. Zhao, and Curtis Fagan, the primary objective of this research project was to characterise the environmental and health impacts of wildland and structural, large-scale fire events.

The work included a literature review of large-scale fire incidents, identification of current large-scale incident impact monitoring capabilities, identification of standards and industry best practices for quantification of large-scale incident impacts, and a gap analysis.

The findings have been published in the free report titled “Environmental and Health Impacts of Fire and Fire-Suppression Activities During Large-Scale Fire Events“,

On March 16, 2023, the SFPE Foundation is hosting a webinar to review findings of the research, the gap analysis, and future work recommendations. Learn more and sign up at sfpe.org.

Leslie Marshall, Ph.D., Director, SFPE Foundation said: “This research provides foundational insight while highlighting the need for the fire engineering community to align research efforts and collaborate with a diverse array of stakeholders to advance our understanding of the impacts of fire and fire suppression activities during large-scale events.

“The SFPE Foundation remains committed to advancing the science of resilience, sustainability, and fires in the wildland-urban interface, as prioritized in the SFPE Research Roadmap.”

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