The country also needed a better understanding of fire behavior and fire department productivity. This led to NIST’s Center for Fire Research and fire.gov – “Better firefighting through research.”
We still have data needs. Currently, NFPA is entering the public comment phase for the second draft of the proposed NFPA 950: Standard for Data Development and Exchange for the Fire Service and seeking input or proposals for the proposed NFPA 951: Guide to Building and Utilizing Digital Information.
What kinds of data or information do you use or need about fire? Where or how do you get it? What are the obstacles? How could we get better data?Listen to John Hall, Division Director of NFPA‘s Fire Analysis and Research Division, discuss data issues. Dr. Hall was involved in the early years of NFIRS at the USFA and is still using it today. After you listen, please share your thoughts.