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Technology Needs for Fire Prevention

November 6, 2017 • Ed Comeau

A workshop hosted jointly by The Vision 20/20 Project and the NFPA Fire Protection Research Foundation was held to review the state of the art in technology for fire prevention, with a focus on cooking fire prevention and smoke alarm technologies, and to explore how technology developments might meet the needs of the community. Presentations laid the framework for the state of the art and its implementation.

The second half of the workshop focused on the needs of the community: what are some of the limitations of current technology;  the barriers to the implementation of new technology; and finally, what is the role of the fire prevention community in driving toward technology solutions. That role is threefold:

  • As a communication bridge for new technology
  • As an advocate for new technology solutions
  • As a field data collection resource for the effectiveness and needed enhancements of technology.

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The Smoke Alarm Problem

March 9, 2017 • Ed Comeau

In order to move forward with specific actions to improve the number of homes with working smoke alarms, we first needed a better understanding on the nature and the scope of their use.  This report considers the previous and relevant research on the issues, and provides impetus for that action, as well as an underlying call for additional study to more fully understand why people do not have working smoke alarms.

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2016 CRR Summit Report

February 9, 2017 • Ed Comeau

A summit in November 2016 brought together experts from across the United States and the UK to review priorities for the integration of Community Risk Reduction into fire service operations.

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Wingspread VI Report

February 7, 2017 • Ed Comeau

Wingspread VI is the latest in the series of forums and reports focusing on significant issues in the fire service.

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National Strategies for Loss Prevention

August 17, 2016 • Ed Comeau

This is the document from the first national meeting to develop the guiding strategies for the Vision 20/20 project.

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FY 2009 AFG V2020 Final Report – Integrated Risk Management/Home Safety Visits

August 2, 2016 • Ed Comeau

Under a grant to the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) US Branch from the FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program, three major cities and a group of five smaller ones with wide geographic distribution tested the concept of Integrated Risk Management (IRM) or Community Risk Reduction, as it is increasingly known in the United States. IRM had proven successful in England and other nations, with dramatic decreases in fire deaths. This report is a summary of findings from these communities.

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