National Association of State Fire Marshals

This project enables the National Association of State Fire Marshals (Fire Marshals) to address a fire safety factor that is within the control of the public sector--the fire performance of materials and products used in the construction of the interiors of railcars and buses. The study begins with real-world research to determine the adequacy of existing railcar fire safety standards, and then to investigate potential improvements in the test methods and criteria that may be used in railcars FTA sponsored this project to address concerns on the threats of fires occurring on rail transit vehicles. Fire safety performance and materials testing projects are designed to eliminate and/or minimize the threat and severity of rail transit system fires. Security and Safety are the top transportation priorities.