WPI gets $1M for research
Saturday, February 15, 2003

Telegram & Gazette Staff

WORCESTER-- WPI will get $1 million from the federal government to develop a system for monitoring the location and health of firefighters, police and other public safety personnel during an emergency.
After the Dec. 3, 1999, Worcester Cold Storage and Warehouse building fire that claimed the lives of six Worcester firefighters, the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health called for new technology that would allow firefighters' movements and condition to be tracked while they are fighting a fire.
Congress authorized $1 million for WPI's research into a wireless firefighter locator system in 2000, but the program was never funded. The money was included in the federal fiscal 2003 appropriations package approved this week.