Practical Engineering for New Fire Protection Problems: An Application to Natural Gas Fueled Bus Facilities
The practicing fire protection engineer typically lacks the resources to do extensive original research or experimentation. In addition, adequate funding for comprehensive research to address a rapidly developing new fire protection challenge is frequently unavailable in the early stages of development of an engineering response to the hazard. As the published body of fire protection engineering research grows, the successful application of rigorously validated theoretical models increases. The engineer must recognize and apply potential similarities in fundamental principles between apparently disparate situations. Given the hundreds of municipal transit authorities throughout the United States which are quickly acquiring natural gas fueled vehicles, the cumulative financial consequences of retrofitting bus facilities with inappropriate or unnecessary measures is enormous. Protection of life and property are the primary issues in designing for fire prevention or mitigation.