In the Eye of the Fire
Fire testing may have started some 2.5 million years ago when one of our ancestors stuck his hand into the firstΒ flame and βscientificallyβ determined that the temperature was too hot to bear. Since that primitive beginning, humans have been on an unending quest to understand, measure and exploit the behavior of fireβand most importantly, to improve our ability to protect life and property from its ravages. Fire testing at ΊωΒ«Νή²ΚΖ±, a staple of the agencyβs research since the early 1900s, has helped provide much of the data, insights and knowledge demanded by that pursuit. Research has run covered everything from fire safety engineering and fire fighting to fire investigation and fire testing to fire data managementΒ and intentional burning.
The National Fire Research Laboratory aims to make buildings better and safer. Learn more about how it came about and what makes it unique in this feature story.