SFPE Webinar: Fires and Urban Growth – A South African Case Study
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When: April 6, 2020
11:00 am EST
Where: GoToWebinar
United States
Contact: Maggie Mojab

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Fires and Urban Growth – A South African Case Study

Presented by: David Rush, Lecturer in Structural Engineering, University of Edinburgh

Fires in lower- middle- income countries account for 95% of the estimated 150,000 annual deaths around the world, and cause large levels of morbidity with over 10M Disability Adjusted Life Years lost each year. Fires in LMICs can be very large with hundreds, if not thousands, of homes being destroyed in single fire event. These large urban conflagrations predominantly occur in informal settlements (slums/shanty towns) which are typified by the construction of homes using flammable construction material, potentially densely packed, with limited access routes and limited access to water.

This presentation will highlight the global context of the urban fire problem including those who are most at risk, and then turn the focus on the city of Cape Town as a case study and the research findings that the IRIS-Fire team have so far determined, focusing on survey findings, experimental results and the settlement level mapping of risks.

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