Mass messaging and more at fire conference


Learn what’s hot in the field at the Fire Protection Research Foundation’s 2011 Suppression, Detection and Signaling Research and Applications Conference in March in Orlando.

Among the featured presentations will be the latest human behavior research and case study implementation of emergency communication messaging in the fire context, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

Kathleen Almand, executive director of the research foundation, told me recently that the best way to formulate an emergency message is “an emerging topic because fire alarm systems are being used for emergencies other than fire … What are the right messages? … You don’t want to incur panic.”

She told me all the foundation's research is geared toward making NFPA codes and standards better.

The 15th annual SUPDET will run from March 22 to March 25.

The conference is for fire detection, suppression, and signaling professionals from around the world to exchange ideas, innovations, and the latest information on current research, according to the NFPA. The Fire Protection Research Foundation is an affiliate of the NFPA.

This year’s program will feature 35 presentations in six sessions: notification and human behavior; detection; sprinkler protection; water mist; clean agents; and featured research at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory.