New IAFSS Working Group on Human Behaviour in Fires

Please visit our Google form to join the working group and sign-up for our first meeting in April 2021.

A new Working Group on Human Behaviour in Fires (HBiF) has recently been established within IAFSS. This group will serve as a coordinating body that monitors, develops and guides research on all aspects of the broad discipline of human behaviour in fire. The primary objective of the group is to achieve measurable, positive impacts on life safety of people in building and outdoor fires, avoid duplication in research efforts across the world and present a unified representative voice for researchers in the field.

The HBiF Working Group will focus on a number of activities; e.g., developing:

  • a template for HBiF data collection and reporting,
  • guidelines for ethical research when studying human behaviour in fire
  • a research roadmap for the discipline of human behaviour in fire
  • a webpage containing resources for interested stakeholders
  • a glossary of terms for the field
  • authoritative guidelines for verification and validation (V&V) of computer evacuation models

If you are interested in joining this group, please use this Google form to sign up.

On the Google form, you will also be asked if you are interested in attending our first working group meeting, which will take place as part of the 13th IAFSS Symposium in April 2021.  At this meeting, we will establish a prioritized list of short-term and long-term activities, associated timescales and deliverables and assign activity leaders. Please plan to attend and provide your input on working group priorities!

We hope that you can join us in our efforts to increase the safety of people in buildings and outdoor fires around the world!