Evaluation of Fire Flow Methodologies

  • Matthew E. Benfer
  • Joseph L. Scheffey

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Fire book series (BRIEFSFIRE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Matthew E. Benfer, Joseph L. Scheffey
    Pages 1-2
  3. Matthew E. Benfer, Joseph L. Scheffey
    Pages 3-21
  4. Matthew E. Benfer, Joseph L. Scheffey
    Pages 23-27
  5. Matthew E. Benfer, Joseph L. Scheffey
    Pages 29-38
  6. Matthew E. Benfer, Joseph L. Scheffey
    Pages 39-40
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 41-50

About this book


This SpringerBrief offers careful assessments of the appropriateness and effectiveness of currently available methodologies for fire flow. It explains the water supply requirements for firefighting including rate of flow, the residual pressure required at that flow, and the duration that is necessary to control a major fire in a specific structure. First reviewing existing fire flow calculation methodologies in the U.S. and globally, the authors determine the new information necessary to validate the existing fire flow calculation methodologies. After identifying 19 methods from the U.S., UK, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New England, and Canada, two types of methods are evaluated: those for building planning based on fire and building code requirements, and those for on-scene fire service use. Building planning methods are also examined, including an explanation of the range of building variables that determine fire flow. A survey form for fire departments is provided to help fire departments identify key predictive features based on construction and building parameters. Researchers and professionals in fire engineering will find the recommendations in Evaluation of Fire Flow Methodologies valuable.


Building fire codes Building planning Fire flow calculation Fire flow methodologies Predictive fire analysis Water supply

Authors and affiliations

  • Matthew E. Benfer
    • 1
  • Joseph L. Scheffey
    • 2
  1. 1.Hughes Associates, Inc.BaltimoreUSA
  2. 2.Hughes Associates, Inc.BaltimoreUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Fire Protection Research Foundation 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Computer Science
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4939-2888-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4939-2889-7
  • Series Print ISSN 2193-6595
  • Series Online ISSN 2193-6609
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