Proceedings of the International Conference of Fire Research for Fire Investigation [open pdf - 156KB]
Mr. Patrick R. Schambach, ATF Assistant Director for Science and Technology working with the Department of Fire Protection Engineering at the University of Maryland, the Building and Fire Research Laboratory of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and Hughes Associates, Inc. (HAI) convened the International Conference on Fire Research for Fire Investigation. Approximately 70 leading authorities from the fields of fire research, investigation, and education from the Unites States and five other countries gathered at the Sheraton International Hotel at Baltimore-Washington International Airport, MD on November 12 through 14, 1997. The Conference was charged with the following: a) Assessing the current state of the art in fire investigation from a scientific and applied technology view point; b) Assessing the current needs for research, education, and related resources in the field of fire investigation; c) Recommending the role and direction that the ATF F.I.R.E. Center should take in advancing the capabilities and credibility of fire investigation and analysis; d) Advising what specific types of tests and facilities should be incorporated in the ATF F.I.R.E. Center; e) Making recommendations on the staffing that will be needed for the F.I.R.E. Center. The Conference addressed its charges and came to the following determinations.