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2014 Fire Service Section Nominating Committee report

Submitted by the 2014 Nominating Committee, consisting of:

Kirk H. Owen, Immediate Past Section Chair
TenCate Protective Fabrics
Assistant Chief Plano Fire Department, TX retired

Scott Kerwood
Hutto Fire Rescue

Dean Cox
Fairfax County Fire & Rescue

The following members are nominated for the Fire Service Section Executive Board:

Chair

Gary Neilson
City of Reno Fire Department, Retired

Vice Chair
Robert D. Tutterow
Charlotte Fire Department, Retired

Robert D. TutterowCharlotte Fire Department, Retired

Secretary
Gregg Cleveland
La Crosse Fire Department

Gregg ClevelandLa Crosse Fire Department

Directors
Adam Thiel
Alexandria Fire Department

Adam ThielAlexandria Fire Department

Steve Abraira
Boston Fire Department, Retired

Michael Wieder
IFSTA/Fire Protection Publications

Michael A. Young
Plymouth, MA, Fire Department

2015 Nominating Committee
Pursuant to the Fire Service Section bylaws, immediate past Section Chair Peter A. McMahon will serve as the Nominating Committee Chair.

Pursuant to the Fire Service Section bylaws, immediate past Section Chair Peter A. McMahon will serve as the Nominating Committee Chair.

The following members are nominated to serve on the 2015 Nominating Committee:

  • Steve Lumry, Oklahoma City Fire Department
  • William Peterson, Plano Texas Fire Department, retired

Steve Lumry, Oklahoma City Fire Department

Research Foundation "Evaluation of Fire Flow Methodologies" report

Over the years, building construction methods, building contents, and fire suppression equipment and tactics have changed. The overall objective of this study is to assess the appropriateness of currently available fire flow methodologies. The first task in this project was a literature review of the existing fire flow calculation methodologies in the US and globally. The second task was a data analysis and GAP assessment to determine what additional information is needed to validate the existing fire flow calculation methodologies. See more.

Research Foundation "Fire Safety Challenges of Tall Wood Buildings" report

Recent architectural trends include the design and construction of increasingly tall buildings with structural components comprised of engineered wood referred to by names including; cross laminated timber (CLT), laminated veneer lumber (LVL), or glued laminated timber (Glulam). Construction is currently underway on a 10-story apartment building in Melbourne, Australia, with taller structures up to 30 stories under design in Norway, Austria and Vancouver. These buildings are cited for their advantages in sustainability resulting from the use of wood as a renewable construction material. Claims have been made that they are designed to be safer than buildings fabricated using structural steel due to the formation of an insulating char layer that forms on the perimeter of a laminated wood beam when exposed to a fire. See more.

Free webinar - Responding to Electrical Vehicle Battery Fires

This Webinar, on February 11 at12:30 pm EST, reviews the results of a recent research program to develop the technical basis for best practices for emergency response procedures for electric drive vehicle battery incidents, with consideration for certain details including: suppression methods; personal protective equipment (PPE); and clean-up/overhaul operations. This research program was based on full-scale testing of large format Li-ion batteries used in these electric vehicles, and the presentation will summarize these tests and includes discussion on the key findings relating to best practices for emergency response procedures for electric drive vehicle battery incidents.

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