Impact of fire department response and mandatory sprinkler protection on life risks in residential communities

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ConferenceInterflam '99, 8th International Fire Science and Engineering Conference: 29 June 1999, Edinburgh, Scotland
Pages521532; # of pages: 12
SubjectSprinklers; Risk/cost assessment
AbstractThe National Research Council of Canada's risk-cost assessment model, FiRECAM<TM> (Fire Risk Evaluation and Cost Assessment Model), was used to assess whether an apartment building with sprinkler protection, but with longer fire department response time, provides a level of fire safety for the occupants equivalent to that in a building without sprinkler protection, but with a faster fire department response time. Five new development areas in Canada were studied. A 3-storey apartment building was used as a model building to represent the normal range of buildings in a residential community. The expected risk to life to the occupants is assessed with and without added sprinkler protection, and with two levels of fire department response: with and without new fire stations. The results of this study showed that the provision of sprinkler protection and the existing fire department response time (i.e., no new fire stations) provides a level of fire safety that is better than the case without sprinkler protection but with a shorter fire department response time (i.e., with new fire stations).
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
Peer reviewedYes
NRC number38819
NPARC number20331230
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