Faculty Advisor

Dempsey, James

Faculty Advisor

Plummer, Jeanine D.

Project Center

Costa Rica


We developed a protocol for the Costa Rican Fire Department to inspect marinas and ports for compliance with environmental and fire protection laws. Recent incidents have caused significant environmental and property damage at these facilities. We compiled relevant laws and regulations on fire protection, researched environmental safety practices, interviewed marina management and fire officials, and assessed conditions at five ports and marinas in Costa Rica. We then created an interactive protocol that inspectors can use to determine compliance with fire prevention laws and help ensure the safe operation of ports and marinas.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

December 2011

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Humanities and Arts

Advisor Department

Civil and Environmental Engineering