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Fire Safety in the United States since 1980
Much has changed in nearly four decades since the “America Burning” report was issued in 1973 and revisited in 1980. The number of fires and fire deaths in the United States has been reduced dramatically, and that progress has unfortunately led to fire safety taking a back seat to other societal concerns that seem more pressing. To understand the headway that has been made and the challenges that remain, NFPA® and FPRF examined various factors, data sets, and trends through the lens of the NFPA Fire & Life Safety Ecosystem to highlight the areas of progress as well as areas where more work is needed. This FPRF webinar will present the findings from this study, which is available here: www.nfpa.org/News-and-Research/Data-research-and-tools/US-Fire-Problem/Fire-Safety-in-the-United-States

• Amanda Kimball, Fire Protection Research Foundation
• Birgitte Messerschmidt, National Fire Protection Association
• Marty Ahrens, National Fire Protection Association

Fire Protection Research Foundation 2021 Webinar Series Sponsors:

APA – The Engineered Wood Association
AXA XL Risk Consulting
Johnson Controls
Reliable Automatic Sprinkler Co., Inc.
Telgian Engineering and Consulting
The Zurich Services Corporation

Oct 20, 2021 12:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Amanda Kimball, FPRF
Executive Director for the Fire Protection Research Foundation (FPRF)
In her role as executive director, Amanda provides leadership on research initiatives that pertain to fire protection, emergency response, and safety requirements in the built environment. She holds a master’s degree in fire protection engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and is a registered professional fire protection engineer in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Prior to her arrival at the Research Foundation in 2011, she worked for seven years in a consultant capacity for Arup, providing insights on fire protection engineering, building code life safety, the design of fire protection systems, and the egress modeling of buildings and subway stations.
Birgitte Messerschmidt
Director of Applied Research @NFPA
Birgitte Messerschmidt is the Director of Applied Research at the National Fire Protection Association. Birgitte is responsible for NFPA’s research strategy, including global research outreach, and manages research on fire problems and other safety issues (e.g., electrical deaths and injuries, CO incidents) using statistical data, detailed incident information, and reviews of relevant literature/research. She has a M. Sc. in civil engineering from the Technical University of Denmark and has spent her entire career working on fire safety issues. Her career-long passion has been making our built environment more resilient to fire through better understanding of the impact of construction products and methods, as well as testing procedures and policy. She has been involved in testing and research as well as standardization and advocacy. She has published and presented numerous papers on fire safety issues.
Marty Ahrens
Fire Analysis Research Manager of Applied Research @NFPA
Marty Ahrens is the Fire Analysis Research Manager of Applied Research at the National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®) and author of numerous reports about different aspects of the fire problem. Prior to joining NFPA, she spent 11 years as the research analyst and coordinator of the Massachusetts Fire Incident Reporting System for the Massachusetts State Fire Marshal's Office. She has a Master of Social Work from Boston University.