The LIFE fire safety research team has its origins at Carleton University. Following a substantial infrastructure and development commitment at York University to establish a fire safety engineering research group, the team is now predominately based in Toronto. We actively collaborate with the University of Waterloo.

The team is led by Dr. John Gales, formerly of the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom in 2013. Dr. Gales has sat on the editorial board of Fire Technology (Springer-Nature) since 2013 and has joined the editorial board of Fire and Materials (John Wiley) as Associate Editor in 2017. He is the chair of the Fire Behaviour and Safety of Structures committee of the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers. Team members have been recipients of 31 major scholarships and awards.

Our research interests include resilient structural fire design, human behaviour in fire, sustainable construction materials, and re-purposing (or adaptation) of building infrastructure. Our team is active in various international collaborations and student exchanges related to fire safety engineering research with the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, Imperial College London in the United Kingdom, CERIB in France, and NIST in the USA. His primary industry collaborators are the consulting firms Arup (Human behaviour in emergencies) and Entuitive (structural engineering).

To date the team has over 100 scientific contributions. Our team is active on the Fire Protection Committee of the American Society of Civil Engineers with three members, including a task group chair, this is the leading structural fire committee in the United States.

Our research team’s interests are quite diverse, but fundamentally we want to grow Fire Safety Engineering in North America and abroad. Shown above is the current skyline of London which people can draw inspiration from (photo curt. CJ).