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High-rise building fires are a matter of life and death. And as local governments and municipalities struggle with public safety budgets, a new study led by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) shows that communities considering cutting fire fighter crew sizes need to take a second look.

     NIST Press Release                                         About the Experiments

     Executive Summary                                        Fact Sheets

     Q & A                                                              Definition of Terms

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A similar NIST study in 2010 shows that the size of fire fighting crews affects the ability to protect lives and property in residential fires.


NIST report supports adequate staffing for high rise fires, says NFPA Journal