Fire Safety Engineering is a relatively new discipline. The need for qualified fire protection engineers in Canada and around the world has increased exponentially during the last decade. There are, however, very few Universities that offer a comprehensive set of courses focussing in Fire Safety Engineering. To fill this gap Carleton University, with support from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and Forintek Canada Corp., established an Industrial Research Chair in Fire Safety Engineering within the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Research on fire safety is of interest to all Canadians. The National Building Code of Canada (NBCC) has successfully contributed to bringing Canada’s fire loss record in line with that of other developed countries. To a large extent, however, these gains have been achieved on an empirical basis.

Carleton University, in partnership with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), is proud to present the expanded Fire Research Facility, which now includes a Tunnel Facility located at Almonte, Ontario, Canada.

The Carleton University expansion, funded by the Canada Foundation for Innovation and the Ontario Innovation Trust, complements the fire and safety research capabilities of the existing NRC fire research centre. This unique worldclass facility hosts collaborative full-scale burn experiments for interested researchers involved in the construction and transportation industries.