By now, it should be clear why wildfires in the state are such a problem: the fires are often fueled by dry conditions and are devastating to homes, farms, and infrastructure.
But the fire apparatus deployed to fight the blazes is actually an amazing feat of engineering.
In some places, the firefighting apparatus is as big as a football field.
In others, it is bigger than a city.
The apparatus is designed to withstand firestorms, which means the fires tend to spread more quickly and are more destructive than conventional blazes.
That means it’s crucial that the equipment be capable of surviving a wildfire.
It also means that the apparatus can withstand the extreme heat and humidity.
And it has to be able to withstand an even hotter and drier environment than it’s built to handle.
For the past decade, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has been studying firefighting gear.
The agency has been testing firefighting equipment since 1998, when it started working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to evaluate firefighting systems and assess the effectiveness of firefighting methods in different environments.
The equipment is also being evaluated for use in other fires, such as natural disasters and major fires in the United States.
The agencies is conducting its most comprehensive evaluation of the fire fighting equipment for fire fighting systems since it began in 1996.
The process began when NIST, working with FEMA, was asked to evaluate equipment in the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards for building firefighting firefighting, and they were interested in the capabilities of the apparatus that were being used in the fire department of a community.
“When we were evaluating the equipment, we had a lot of data on it, and we wanted to see how the fire departments would operate,” said Scott Smith, director of the NFPA’s Fire and Environmental Hazards Program.
“We looked at the capabilities and we looked at how the equipment was being used.”
The results of those efforts have been released this week, with the NIST-NFPA partnership identifying some of the gear that will be used in areas of the country where the fires continue to burn.
“The fire departments of the United State of America are the frontline responders in areas that are facing fires,” Smith said.
“And when the flames continue to build, that’s when we need the best equipment for that.”NIST-NPA Fire and Firefighter Equipment Evaluation:The NFPA-funded study evaluated equipment that the NFAA-funded NFPA Firefighters Training Institute (FTII) is currently evaluating for use with the apparatus.
“FTII has been working with NFPA on the evaluation and testing of fire fighting apparatus since its inception in 1998,” said Adam Kranish, FTII’s program manager.
“At the time, NFPA had not developed a standard for firefighting.”
Smith and Kranis team developed a list of fire protection and firefighting emergency equipment to assess for its assessment.
This included equipment that could withstand extreme heat, humidity, and other conditions that could make them more dangerous to firefighters.
“This is not the end of the story,” Smith told Ars.
“It is not a final report, but it’s a snapshot of what we know about firefighting capabilities in the U.S. today.”
Firefighting gear in the USAThe fire apparatus included in the study was made up of an array of items, including hand tools, fire extinguishers, and hand-held smoke detectors, as well as some items designed to provide extra protection for firefighters.
The apparatus also included an array that included a handheld gas detection system, and the device was designed to allow fire departments to monitor the fire.
“It is the most powerful equipment we have ever tested,” said Smith.
“Our testing has been focused on what are the capabilities for the equipment in its environment, and how does it perform.”
The NFAA, the agency that provides the NFAP’s firefighting certification, has been assessing the fire safety of equipment for more than 30 years.
In 2016, the NFAPS’ fire safety standards were upgraded to include a requirement that all firefighting vehicles, equipment, and equipment and equipment, including firefighting supplies and equipment for equipment and support personnel, should meet NFPA fire safety requirements.
“The NFAPS has done a great job of testing and updating its standards and standards for fire protection equipment over time, and it has done that for many years,” said Kranysmith.
“As the NFASP continues to work to update the NFPS fire safety standard, the NIS is looking to do the same.”
Smith told Ars that the organization is currently working with NIST to determine the next steps, and that the next step is a public-private partnership with the NFSPP, which will allow for the development of a national standard.
“I think the next phase will be a partnership with a private company,” he said.