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More recently, with Fire Protection Engineering head Kathy A. Notarianni joining the WPI firefighter safety and technology research team, it has developed a sensor that would give a firefighter advance warning of “flashover” conditions, in which combustible materials in a room simultaneously erupt in flames, and are working on a new device that will warn firefighters of the presence of toxic gases.
“What’s exciting about this work and what keeps us focused and hard-driven is that we know with absolute certainty that our research and technology development will have the impact of saving firefighter lives and improving long-term health of firefighters,” Notarianni said.
This Month in Fire History
Feb. 2, 1973, Eagle Grove, IA: Coast to Coast Hardware store fire kills 13
Feb. 3, 1971, Woodbine, GA: Thiokol Chemical Co. fire kills 29
Feb. 6, 1851, Australia: “Black Thursday” forest fire damages 50,000 square miles
Feb. 7, 1904, Baltimore, MD: Great Baltimore Fire causes $50 million in damages
Feb. 10, 1863: First fire extinguisher patent issued to Alanson Crane
Feb. 17, 1957, Warrington, MO: Katie Jane Nursing Home fire kills 72
Feb. 26, 1993, New York, NY: World Trade Center bombing/fire kills 6 and injures 1,165