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In this edition of RMCREF Spotlight, we are proud to report on the availability of deliverables from the Factually Analyzing Integrated Layers of Safety Against Fire’s Effects (FAIL-SAFE) project, spearheaded by the National Association of State Fire Marshals’ (NASFM) Fire Research & Education Foundation with financial support from the RMC Research & Education Foundation and the Portland Cement Association. The project, which took place at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, studied the interaction between active and passive fire protection systems. A main concern inspiring this project surrounded the increased reliance on the use of sprinkler systems as a trade-off in foregoing other fire safety protection measures. The preliminary data indicate that such trades-offs have indeed led to a decline in building fire safety scores since the trade-offs were implemented in building codes starting in 2000.

Deliverables include literature reviews, a Research Summary Infographic, a Risk Evaluation MATRIX Report, training and education PowerPoints and other materials. You can also view the recent Build With Strength video that references this research at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0U0511d6Lp4.

As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, work funded by the Foundation also provides a benefit to the citizens of the United States. Our partnership with the NASFM on the FAIL-SAFE project is an extraordinary example of such a project that seeks to protect not only life and property but to also protect the first responders called on in a fire emergency.

The deliverables are available at http://www.firemarshals.org/Project-FAIL-SAFE and are linked from the Foundation’s website at https://rmc-foundation.org/. If you haven’t checked out the Foundation’s dynamic new website yet, you’re missing out on a great, new-and-improved industry resource so be sure to visit it today!

Should you have any questions or would like more information on the work of the RMC Research & Education Foundation, please contact Julie Garbini or Jennifer LeFevre.

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