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Projects and research

Fire and Rescue NSW is committed to keeping the people of NSW fire safe and we continue to conduct research that better informs building code legislation and product standards to improve fire safety.

Fire and Rescue NSW works with many government agencies and research institutions on a variety of key projects and research programs. Below are some of the key projects and research we are involved with.

Fire research report: Residential sprinklers

Jan 2018: Sprinkler systems have been successfully used to protect lives and property in industrial and commercial buildings for many years. Extensive research conducted by Fire and Rescue NSW confirms fire sprinkler systems also significantly improve the safety of occupants in the event of a fire and should be mandated in all Class 2 and Class 3 residential buildings up to 25 metres in height. View the Residential fire sprinklers report here. 

Jan 2018: Extensive research over three years by Fire and Rescue NSW has revealed that the number, the location and interconnection of smoke alarms play a critical role in achieving positive fire safety outcomes. View the Smoke alarms in homes report here.

Fire Research Report Research Tests: Hoarding Fire Behaviour

July 2014: Fire Research Report Research Tests: Hoarding Fire Behaviour In July 2014, Fire and Rescue NSW conducted two ‘build it burn it’ test burns at the CSIRO test research laboratory simulating bedroom fires with differing hoarding levels. The outcomes and findings are available here.

Data Dictionary Project

Aug 2010: The Data Dictionary Project will deliver a nationally consistent system of data collection and reporting for the prevention, preparedness, response and recovery activities of Australian emergency service organisations, primarily urban and rural fire brigades, and state and territory emergency services. Find out more about the Data Dictionary Project here.

Impacts of Natural Disasters and Fire Emergencies Framework Project

June 2010: The Impacts Project will deliver a better understanding of the full social, economic and environmental impacts of natural disasters and fire emergencies. This will help governments, communities and emergency service organisations like ourselves, to decide where to allocate investment to increase community safety and reduce the impacts of emergencies and disaster. Learn about the Impacts of Natural Disasters and Fire Emergencies Framework Project.