Research documents

Please find details of work commissioned by the NFCC, along with UK and international research. 

Visit our Guidance and Publications area to read guidance from NFCC and other organisations on a range of issues.

 NFCC commissioned research

Home Safety Assessments: 2016


The role of health and safety assessments in improving the health, wellbeing and independent living of vulnerable residents as part of the 'Fire as a Health Asset' work. (Wed, 06 Apr 2016)
   Decision-making processes: Virtual/simulated environments  

Goal-Oriented Training Affects Decision-Making Processes in Virtual and Simulated Fire and Rescue Environments

Understanding decison making in frontline personnel attending emergency incidents in central to the development of operational guidance and increasing safety. (Thu, 07 Apr 2016)

Sabrina R. Cohen-Hatton - Cardiff University, CFOA and London Fire Brigade and R.C. Honey - Cardiff University. 

UK research

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LIFEBID (Lessons in Fire and Evacuation Behaviour in Dwellings)

‘Lessons In Fire and Evacuation Behaviour’ is a three-year project between the Fire Safety Engineering Group (FSEG) at the University of Greenwich and Kent Fire and Rescue Service to reduce the number of deaths and injuries in Accidental Dwelling Fires (ADFs).

While ADFs account for less than 20% of all fires by type, they are the cause of 60-70% of all fire-related deaths and injuries in the UK. Existing research on human behaviour in fires has focused primarily on large public buildings with most ADF mitigation strategies are based on anecdotes and assumptions about how people behave in these circumstances.

In order to reduce losses through ADFs, an understanding of human behaviour is essential; to meet this aim, FSEG and KFRS developing a knowledge base and research capability with a focus on reducing fire-related deaths and injuries.

For more information please visit:

Fire Experiments on Mobility Scooters Protected by Sprinklers - BRE

BRE Global has been commissioned by the Lewisham Homes to carry out ad-hoc fire experiments of mobility scooters when subjected to sprinkler suppression.

The findings from this project, in particular the “raw” experimental results, will provide a data resource for the fire safety engineering of flats, care homes and sheltered accommodation and other types of occupancies where mobility scooters may be expected to be found.

Fire Safety Innovations for People Affected by Dementia

Working with people with dementia, their families, professionals working with people with dementia in Dorset and Fire and Rescue Services across the UK, Bournemouth University Dementia Institute has explored experiences of home fire safety and the provision of guidance and/or resources for people affected by dementia.

The aim of this work was to develop knowledge to enable people affected by memory problems and dementia to be safer in their homes, and support the professionals who are working with them to achieve this.

You can read an overview of the work and the outcomes of the focus group and survey findings below.

Fire Safety Innovations - Project Summary (Wed, 10 Aug 2016)

Useful Links:

  • The Local Area Research and Intelligence Association (LARIA)  -
  • LARIA seeks to ensure the delivery of high quality public service through the use of local research, intelligence and policy.
  • BRE Group - Projects and Research
  • BRE provide research, testing and investigation services on all fire issues concerning buildings, infrastructure and transport. A number of projects and reports are available for public view.
  • Fire Service College Library -
  • Parliamentary Research Publications - (links to research produced by the libraries of the House of Commons/House of Lords/Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology.

International Research

Firefighter Safety Through Advanced Research (FSTAR)

The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) delivers valuable information and guidance to assist the fire/emergency service with making decisions needed to improve the health/safety of firefighters and communities. As part of this, the Firefighter Safety Through Advanced Research (FSTAR) programme is translating this research into useable knowledge that can be used in improving fire department operations, firefighter health and wellness programs and community preparedness efforts.

National Fire Protection Association

The NFPA Library staff maintains the Archives of the National Fire Protection Association and supports the information and research needs of the organisation. The Charles S. Morgan Technical Library collection represents one of the largest fire science collections in the world.

View the NFPA library here.

Research Sharing between Canada and the UK

In 2016, CFOA signed a landmark agreement with the University of Fraser Valley (UFV) Centre for Public Safety and Criminal Justice Research to share fire related data and research results, conduct joint research, participate in student and faculty exchanges and seek international funding for new research.

Anticipated benefits from the first formal research sharing initiative between fire researchers in Canada and FRSs in the UK include:

The following articles and reports have been shared with CFOA by the University of Fraser Valley:

Firefighter injuries in British Columbia  Examination of frequency, severity, location and temporal aspects (August 2015)

 Firefighters and cancer Understanding risk factors in an environment of change (August 2015)

 Police Chief or a Fire Chief, switching from a whte shirt: What is the big deal?