Enhancing Egress Drills: Preparation and Assessment of Evacuee Performance

K E Boyce, Steve Gwynne, Erica Kuligowski, Daniel Nilsson, Amanda Robbins, Ruggiero Lovreglio, J R Thomas, A Roy-Poirier

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

4 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

This article explores how egress drills—specifically those related to fire incidents—are currently used, their impact on safety levels, and the insights gained from them. It is suggested that neither the merits of egress drills are well understood, nor the impact on egress performance well characterized. In addition, the manner in which they are conducted varies both between and within regulatory jurisdictions. By investigating their strengths and limitations, this article suggests opportunities for their enhancement possibly through the use of other egress models to support and expand upon the benefits provided. It is by no means suggested that drills are not important to evacuation safety—only that their inconsistent use and the interpretation of the results produced may mean we (as researchers, practitioners, regulators, and stakeholders) are not getting the maximum benefit out of this important tool.
LanguageEnglish
Number of pages25
JournalFire and Materials
Early online date7 Jul 2017
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 7 Jul 2017

Fingerprint

Fires

Keywords

  • evacuation,
  • egress
  • drill

Cite this

Boyce, K. E., Gwynne, S., Kuligowski, E., Nilsson, D., Robbins, A., Lovreglio, R., ... Roy-Poirier, A. (2017). Enhancing Egress Drills: Preparation and Assessment of Evacuee Performance. Fire and Materials. https://doi.org/10.1002/fam.2448
Boyce, K E ; Gwynne, Steve ; Kuligowski, Erica ; Nilsson, Daniel ; Robbins, Amanda ; Lovreglio, Ruggiero ; Thomas, J R ; Roy-Poirier, A . / Enhancing Egress Drills: Preparation and Assessment of Evacuee Performance. In: Fire and Materials. 2017.
@article{0ac22351f6104f0f995253bd714ad72c,
title = "Enhancing Egress Drills: Preparation and Assessment of Evacuee Performance",
abstract = "This article explores how egress drills—specifically those related to fire incidents—are currently used, their impact on safety levels, and the insights gained from them. It is suggested that neither the merits of egress drills are well understood, nor the impact on egress performance well characterized. In addition, the manner in which they are conducted varies both between and within regulatory jurisdictions. By investigating their strengths and limitations, this article suggests opportunities for their enhancement possibly through the use of other egress models to support and expand upon the benefits provided. It is by no means suggested that drills are not important to evacuation safety—only that their inconsistent use and the interpretation of the results produced may mean we (as researchers, practitioners, regulators, and stakeholders) are not getting the maximum benefit out of this important tool.",
keywords = "evacuation, , egress, drill",
author = "Boyce, {K E} and Steve Gwynne and Erica Kuligowski and Daniel Nilsson and Amanda Robbins and Ruggiero Lovreglio and Thomas, {J R} and A Roy-Poirier",
year = "2017",
month = "7",
day = "7",
doi = "10.1002/fam.2448",
language = "English",
journal = "Fire and Materials",
issn = "0308-0501",

}

Boyce, KE, Gwynne, S, Kuligowski, E, Nilsson, D, Robbins, A, Lovreglio, R, Thomas, JR & Roy-Poirier, A 2017, 'Enhancing Egress Drills: Preparation and Assessment of Evacuee Performance', Fire and Materials. https://doi.org/10.1002/fam.2448

Enhancing Egress Drills: Preparation and Assessment of Evacuee Performance. / Boyce, K E; Gwynne, Steve; Kuligowski, Erica; Nilsson, Daniel; Robbins, Amanda; Lovreglio, Ruggiero; Thomas, J R; Roy-Poirier, A .

In: Fire and Materials, 07.07.2017.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

TY - JOUR

T1 - Enhancing Egress Drills: Preparation and Assessment of Evacuee Performance

AU - Boyce, K E

AU - Gwynne, Steve

AU - Kuligowski, Erica

AU - Nilsson, Daniel

AU - Robbins, Amanda

AU - Lovreglio, Ruggiero

AU - Thomas, J R

AU - Roy-Poirier, A

PY - 2017/7/7

Y1 - 2017/7/7

N2 - This article explores how egress drills—specifically those related to fire incidents—are currently used, their impact on safety levels, and the insights gained from them. It is suggested that neither the merits of egress drills are well understood, nor the impact on egress performance well characterized. In addition, the manner in which they are conducted varies both between and within regulatory jurisdictions. By investigating their strengths and limitations, this article suggests opportunities for their enhancement possibly through the use of other egress models to support and expand upon the benefits provided. It is by no means suggested that drills are not important to evacuation safety—only that their inconsistent use and the interpretation of the results produced may mean we (as researchers, practitioners, regulators, and stakeholders) are not getting the maximum benefit out of this important tool.

AB - This article explores how egress drills—specifically those related to fire incidents—are currently used, their impact on safety levels, and the insights gained from them. It is suggested that neither the merits of egress drills are well understood, nor the impact on egress performance well characterized. In addition, the manner in which they are conducted varies both between and within regulatory jurisdictions. By investigating their strengths and limitations, this article suggests opportunities for their enhancement possibly through the use of other egress models to support and expand upon the benefits provided. It is by no means suggested that drills are not important to evacuation safety—only that their inconsistent use and the interpretation of the results produced may mean we (as researchers, practitioners, regulators, and stakeholders) are not getting the maximum benefit out of this important tool.

KW - evacuation,

KW - egress

KW - drill

U2 - 10.1002/fam.2448

DO - 10.1002/fam.2448

M3 - Article

JO - Fire and Materials

T2 - Fire and Materials

JF - Fire and Materials

SN - 0308-0501

ER -