Engineering students conduct research with local firefighters

The public is invited to attend presentations that will be made by Penn State Beaver engineering students to area firefighters, 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 9, at the Pine Run Volunteer Fire Department Social Hall, Station 59.

The students, enrolled in the Introduction to Engineering Design course taught by James A. Hendrickson, instructor in engineering, will give a presentation on the research they have conducted in conjunction with 57 volunteer fire departments in Beaver County. A student team led by sophomore engineering major Jessika Murray will provide an overview of her team’s project, “Design of a Rapid Intervention Team (RIT) Pack for Firefighter Rescue.”

The focus on the team’s efforts is to aid firefighters in improving equipment and procedures that ensure their safety as well as the safety of those whom they rescue. Local officials, county fire chiefs, and major firefighting equipment manufacturers have been invited to attend.

On Nov. 17, Hendrickson and Murray gave a joint presentation on the project as part of the ongoing Penn State Beaver Faculty Speakers Series.

For more information, contact Hendrickson at or 724-773-3859.

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Last Updated November 30, 2010