Fire Dynamics


Fire safety is a critical subject that has not received serious attention from the owners of infrastructures. Despite the risk that businesses and households face from fire, there is scant literature with regards to prevention or mitigation strategies in the event of fire-related emergencies. Nevertheless, some scholars have researched and discussed the issues of fire dynamics and the importance of having elaborate fire safety policies. In their article titled, “Sensor-Assisted Fire Fighting,” Cowlard et al. (2010) discuss the need to use sensor technology in fire-fighting efforts. In particular, the authors highlight the importance of using sensor to enhance firefighting function and obtain emergency help.

The authors observe that sensors have evolved rapidly over the last few decades. According to Cowlard et al. (2010), new technologies are becoming increasingly prevalent in the enhancement of indoor quality and security of infrastructure. Specifically, the authors note the importance of fire models during forensic analysis during emergency incidents. The scholars further conduct an analysis on previous studies on the fire subject and establish that there is a potential prevalence of knowledge gaps on the subject of sensor-assisted interventions. According to Cowlard et al. (2010), infrastructure owners have a responsibility to close the existing knowledge gaps and explore for alternative methodologies for combining sensor technology and computational tools to enhance better management of fire technology.

The article can be a significant resource for building owners who are keen to use sensor technology to improve fire safety standards in their facilities. Moreover, fire sensors are ideal tools not only for owners of buildings, but also for fire-fighting agencies. It is important to note that other have conducted collaborative research on the area of sensor technology in firefighting. Sha, Chi, and Watkins (2006) proposed the integration of remote wireless sensor into modern building technology. The sensor-assisted fire-fighting technology is an ideal tool that building owners can use to obtain suitable and timely intervention from emergency response agencies and firefighters. For optimal effectiveness, there is a need to have reliable supporting infrastructure to enhance data exchange with other functions such as emergency services and the local fire department.

Notably, the effectiveness of the model in enhancing safety intervention during fires is dependent on other external and internal conditions such as communication systems, supplementary safety features, and scale of the fire. Therefore, the model has a significant degree of uncertainty because it is dependent on reliability of other installations and conditions in the fire environment. For example, the break glass feature may fail to trigger the necessary signal, thus resulting in delayed intervention. Nevertheless, the sensor-assisted firefighting technology is highly effective in situations that have functioning supportive infrastructures.

I agree with the article because it contains useful insight into the dynamics of sensor-assisted firefighting technology. Building owners can use the wireless technology to enhance safety. It is important to note that the sensors are capable of collecting and relaying large volumes of fire-related data to a command and control unit on real time basis. Some of the data that the sensors can relay include images, temperatures, heat fluxes, and obscurations (Cowlard et al., 2010). With the appropriate supportive technology, sensors can be the most effective way that owners of infrastructure can use to minimize fire-related disasters.

The article is highly insightful for owners of buildings who would like to use sensor technology to minimize the risk of fires. Fire sensors can be useful tools for relaying timely signals to emergency services and firefighters, thus facilitating timely response. However, the reliability of the sensor technology is dependent on other factors such as intensity of fire, safety features, and reliability of communication. Nevertheless, other scholars have provided support for the sensor firefighting technology by arguing that it enhances timely intervention to fire situations from emergency service providers and firefighters.

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