MS in Fire Protection Engineering
College of Engineering
Fred Mowrer and Chris Pascual
This report details the fire and life safety analysis of a Fresno Elementary School. Both prescriptive and performance based analysis were used to determine compliance with the building codes and fire codes which the building was constructed under. The prescriptive analyses included evaluation of the egress system, structural fire protection requirements, fire detection and alarm system and fire suppression systems. The prescriptive analyses were done to show the code requirements and how the building complies with them. The performance analyses were done to analyze the performance of the building in the event of a fire scenario. Three fire scenarios were modeled using guidelines from NFPA 101. The available safe egress time (ASET) and the required safe egress time (RSET) were both reviewed to determine the safety and ability to exit the building of occupants in a fire scenario. Fire Dynamics Simulator (FDS) was used for this analysis. Recommendations based on the performance and prescriptive analyses are presented.