|NIST Strategic Roadmap Aims to Reduce the Nation’s Fire Burden|
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
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.
The publication is available at http://www.nist.gov/customcf/get_pdf.cfm?pub_id=909653.