Examples of Work and Research Projects
Successfully Completed by DFPA

Under a contract with the Naval Sea Systems Command:


   Helped establish the Department of the Navy Passive Fire Protection (PFP) Program including, in particular, organized and managed two Navy PFP Symposiums and the preparation of plans for the implementation of specific PFP items.


   Organized and managed a successful Navy Composites in Fire Workshop at the U.S. Navy Postgraduate School, Monterey, California for the Naval Air Systems Command. Assisted in the development of a plan for implementing the results of this workshop.


   Assisted the Naval Air Systems Command in the development of their Insensitive Munitions Program


   Conducted a Fires in Composites Workshop for the Naval Air Systems Command at the Navy Postgraduate School, Monterrey, California.

Prepared a Halon Essential Use Report that outlines issues related to worldwide Halon essential use applications, under a grant from the U.S. Environmental Agency (USEPA). [Cooperative Assistance Agreement #CX819632-01-0]

Developed a Plan to Improve Fire Safety/Survivability and Phase Out Halons in DOD, under contract with the Office of the Secretary of Defense [Contract DAAD05-91-P-1093]. This plan was the precursor for the Technology Development Plan for Alternatives to ODS promulgated by DOD.

Developed a Plan to replace over 90,000 Hand-Held Halon Fire Extinguishers in Vehicles, Aircraft & Water Craft, under contract with the Department of Defense. [Contract N00140-88-D-1088]

Conducted detailed system checks and developed Criteria and Recommendations for Replacing over 90,000 Halon 1301 Hand-held Fire Extinguishers in Aircraft, Water Craft and Ground Vehicles, under contract with the Department of Defense. [Contract N00140-88-D-1088]. DOD has purchased more than 60,000 of the model of the fire extinguisher recommended by DFPA.

Prepared a detailed Evaluation of the Use of Class I Ozone Depleting Substances (ODSs) and Plans for Recycling and Essential Use ODS Reserves in the Department of Defense under a grant from USEPA and Defense Logistics Agency. [Cooperative Assistance Agreement #CX819632-01-1]

Developed a guide to Portable Fire Extinguishers which includes criteria for replacing portable Halon fire extinguishers and prepared Plans for a Demonstration Project to Replace Portable Halon Fire Extinguishers under a USEPA grant [Cooperative Assistance Agreement #CX819632-01-2]

Developed a Directory of Fire Protection, Firefighting, Emergency Response and Ozone Layer Protection Technologies under contract with the Naval Command, Control and Ocean Surveillance Center (NCCOSC) and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

Planed and conducted the January 16, 1997 Advanced Sensors and Sensor Networks Workshop for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and Naval Research Laboratory. This workshop covered intelligent, MEMS (micro-electro-mechanical system) sensors, wireless communications, and fiber optic technologies, and the plans for demonstrations of prototype advanced sensors networks (S & SN) to provide situational awareness of the environment in lightly manned ships under hazards of fire, smoke, and toxic gas.

Planned and conducted three workshops/Tutorials on Advanced Safety and Survivability Sensors for Sensor EXPO's in Boston, Massachusetts, San Jose, California and Baltimore, Maryland.

Completed a detailed engineering performance analysis and provided a report of the Criteria for a Multi-criteria Fire Detection and Characterization System (MCFDS) under contract with the Naval Research Laboratory. The reports provided the recommended technical basis for fire parameters to be monitored by an MCFDS and proposed algorithms, methodologies and fire detection sensing technologies that could support an MCFDS.

Identified, evaluated and provided a report of Safety and Survivability, Non-developmental Items (NDI) under contract with the Secretary of the Navy's Office for Safety and Survivability. This task includes identifying off the shelf sensors and sensor networks and blast protection technologies.

Identified and evaluated appropriate technologies and assisted in the design of conceptual fire protection system for DD(X). The DD(X) classes was the US Navy's planned surface combatant for the 21st Century and would have had greatly reduced manning, e.g. - 95 versus approximately 400 men used in similar ships. This task specifically included DFPA providing conceptual designs and drawings of robotic fire fighting systems to help accommodate reduced manning.

Conducted assessments and prepared a "Report of the assessment of Vulnerabilities of the Navy Ships to Multiple Threats and Hazards from Multiple Causes and Sources with Recommendations to Reduce/Eliminate these Vulnerabilities" under contract with the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Threats and hazards include fire, smoke, anthrax and other CBR agents, toxic gases, blast, ballistic damage, flooding, hazardous material, etc. Sources (means) and causes include combat, accidents, terrorists, saboteurs, arsonists, hi-jacked aircraft, packages and letters, mishaps, natural causes, etc.

Planned, arranged and hosted live fire training exercises using a Navy Mobile Aircraft Firefighting Trainer on Capitol Hill for Washington, DC Metropolitan Firefighters on April 25, 2001(five months before 911) and April 18, 2002 in conjunction with the CFSI Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner. Each year trained approximately 30 firefighters who would have been the first responders to fire/aircraft crashes on Capitol Hill or at the White House.