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NIST Strategic Roadmap Aims to Reduce the Nation’s Fire Burden
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NIST Strategic Roadmap Aims to Reduce the Nation’s Fire Burden

Fires claim more than 3,000 lives a year, injure more than 90,000 firefighters and civilians, and impose costs and losses totaling more than $300 billion—equivalent to about 2% of the nation’s gross domestic product.

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a plan to significantly reduce that burden over the next two decades. Reducing the Risk of Fire in Buildings and Communities: A Strategic Roadmap to Guide and Prioritize Research, sets short-, medium-, and long-term goals — from fewer than three years to more than eight — for reducing the nation’s fire burden by a third.


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