The Committee on Fire Research, FINAL REPORT July 1959-June 1962 of the National Research Council

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The Committee on Fire Research, FINAL REPORT July 1959-June 1962 of the National Research Council

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On October 14, 1955, the United States of America through the Federal Civil Defense Administration (to become the Office of Civil and Defense Mobilization and now the Office of Civil Defense, Department of Defense), forerunners to FEMA negotiated a contract with the National Academy of Sciences for work to commence December 1, 1955. A second contract was written on December 1, 1956 and a third on February 1, 1958. The terms of all of these contracts are essentially the same. They request advisory and consulting services to the Government in the establishment and conducting of a research program on the spread and control

Members of the Fire Research Conference serve in an advisory capacity to the Committee on Fire Research. Members of the Committee on Fire Research serve as ex-officio members of the Fire Research Conference. Mr. K. E. Klinger Chief Engineer, Los Angeles County Fire Department, Los Angeles, California was also appointed by President Nixon in 1970 as a member to the National Commission on Fire Prevention and Control

Recommendations in the National Academy of Sciences, National Research Council report echoed the need for the current National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) now utilized successfully in the 21st century.

"A fire group should be established within the Federal Government to take overall responsibility for the fire problem. The program of the fire group should include the following important activities: Collect, organize, analyze, and disseminate data on fires."

"The most urgent need is a quantitative evaluation of the relative importance of organizational and operational factors in fire control, and their economic consequences. To be useful, pertinent data of adequate accuracy must be collected in a consistent and uniform manner. This will involve state and municipal organizations, and urban and forest fires."

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“The Committee on Fire Research, FINAL REPORT July 1959-June 1962 of the National Research Council,” Fire Files Digital Library, accessed September 22, 2017, http://fire.omeka.net/items/show/654.

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