November 20, 2016

Dateline 2049 — Worcester HQ keeps firefighters safe across the country

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WORCESTER, Dec. 3, 2049 — On this Friday night in December, as firefighters from a dozen different cities rush into danger, they have guardian angels in Worcester working tirelessly to keep them safe.

Worcester is home to the nation’s first Firefighter Research and Monitoring Extraction System, or FRAMES. Begun in 2044, FRAMES is used by more than 300 fire departments around the country and will soon expand its Skyline Drive headquarters.

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FRAMES is the brainchild of Drs. Stephen Cho and Ling Wang, who first met while studying Fire Protection Engineering at WPI in the 2030s.

“As undergrads, we helped to improve wearable, bendable biosensors that would monitor respiration rate, blood pressure and heart rate,” Wang said.

“For our Master’s project, we interned with the Worcester Fire Department and tested heat-resistant, fast-deploying drones to triangulate the exact location of firefighters within a building. The next step, for our doctorates, was to send that information back to a neutral location to collect, analyse and inform,” Wang added.


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