Fire Protection Research Foundation hosts Suppression Detection and Signaling Symposium

Workshop on SMART buildings and Fire Safety to be featured

The Fire Protection Research Foundation’s 18th annual Suppression, Detection and Signaling Research and Applications Symposium (SupDet 2014) will be held March 4 – 7 at the University of Central Florida (UCF) in Orlando, Florida.


This year’s program is aimed at professionals in the fire alarm, suppression and emergency communications industries, and provides the opportunity to exchange ideas, best practices, and the latest research. Symposium attendees have the option to choose between the Detection and Signaling Program or the Suppression Program and can participate in more than 30 compelling presentations on the latest developments in research, technology and applications for the fire protection community including:


· Sprinkler protection with research on material failures in fire protection systems, a track dedicated to protection of high-hazard challenges, and an analysis of water distribution efficiency from a sprinkler head.


· Research on environmentally friendly fire suppression agents with a feature on U.S. Army hand held extinguisher development, along with recent developments of zero ozone depletion potential (ODP) and low Global Warming Potential (GWP) clean fire suppression agents.


· Signaling and notification, with research related to mass notification, nuisance alarms, new fire test sensitivities and computer modeling of detection systems, and parameters for indirect viewing of visual signals used in emergency notification.


In addition, a special workshop, "SMART Buildings and Fire Safety," will be held March 5 at the conference site, which all attendees are invited to attend free of charge. The smart buildings of tomorrow and their sensor-rich environments offer great fire safety potential to building owners, occupants, emergency responders, and all other participants in our built environment. The goal of this workshop is to establish a needs assessment of the use of systems in SMART buildings for fire safety.


SupDet 2014 is co-located with the International Crisis and Risk Communication Conference (ICRC Conference) held March 3 – 5, and hosted by the Nicholson School of Communication at UCF.


Register today for the full symposium or choose either the Suppression Program or the Detection and Signaling Program. All registration options entitle participants to attend the “SMART Buildings and Fire Safety” workshop on Wednesday, March 5.


For more information and to register online, contact Eric Peterson at +1 617 984-7271.


About the Fire Protection Research Foundation

The Fire Protection Research Foundation plans, manages, and communicates consortium-funded research on a broad range of fire safety issues in collaboration with scientists and laboratories around the world. The Foundation is an affiliate of NFPA.


About the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

NFPA is a worldwide leader in fire, electrical, building, and life safety. The mission of the international nonprofit organization founded in 1896 is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education. NFPA develops more than 300 codes and standards to minimize the possibility and effects of fire and other hazards. All NFPA codes and standards can be viewed at no cost at

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