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Jerry Back
Jerry Back

Senior Fire Protection Engineer, Research & Development + Testing + Evaluation,
Jensen Hughes

Jerry Back, is a Senior Fire Protection Engineer with JENSEN HUGHES out of Baltimore Maryland. He was one of the original Hughes Associate employees and has over 35 years of experience covering the spectrum of fire protection topics/issues. Over the course of his career, he has published over 100 papers on fire protection related topics and has been responsible for project management and administration (planning, execution, and analysis) of fire protection research, development, testing, and evaluation programs. He has performed literally thousands of full-scale fire tests including evaluations of AFFF agents and systems; aerosols, high expansion foam systems, gaseous agents, water mist systems and water spray/delude systems including major projects for the U.S. Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Navy, the FAA and commercial clients. He has tested every type of AFFF system used throughout the DoD (including most manual firefighting equipment) and is actively testing a range of potential AFFF alternatives. He recently completed a parametric assessment of UL listed commercially available fluorine free foams for the NFPA Fire Protection Research Foundation that consisted of 165 tests. He has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Science in Fire Protection Engineering, both from the University of Maryland. He is either the Principal or Alternate on every NFPA foam and aviation committee (twelve total).

Panel Discussion: Effectiveness and Environmental Safety of AFFF Replacements


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