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Intl. Fire Safety Consortium Holds First Conference

By Clara Longo de Freitas, The Diamondback:

Almost two years ago, research administrators from the University of Melbourne visited the University of Maryland to discuss a possible collaboration.

But the two teams left the meeting with a more ambitious goal — to create an international group of experts that would address fire safety issues on a global scale.

Since then, the International Fire Safety Consortium has added three other institutions: the University of Queensland in Australia, Lund University in Sweden and the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. And on Monday, the researchers met for the very first time with federal, corporate and nonprofit partners.

Monday began a four-day workshop at the University of Maryland, where researchers talked with representatives from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the World Bank and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, among others.

“Those are very helpful conversations… [to] inform the consortium efforts and help us focus on problem areas where our researchers can be useful,” said Ted Knight, a staff member from this university’s research division.

During the workshop, the researchers will also narrow down the projects they’re considering and discuss regions of interest for their research. The focus areas include structure fires, especially ones in marginalized communities, and wildfires.

Read the full story here.

Image: Joe Ryan, The Diamondback

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