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UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute Multi-media Training Programs

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Horizontal Ventilation          Vertical Ventilation

Positive Pressure Attack/Ventilation

Basement Fires                  Attic Fires

Governors Island             PV Systems

Engineered Lumber

 

 

Firefighter Safety and Photovoltaic (PV) Systems

Length: 2 hours

Obtain knowledge on the electrical and casualty risks associated with fire response involving PV systems and the traditional firefighter tactics for suppression, ventilation and overhaul. After taking this course, specific tactics and knowledge can be applied to improve processes and standard operating procedures, and help enhance firefighter safety.

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Horizontal Ventilation in Legacy and Contemporary Residential Construction

Length: 2 hours

Learn about changes in fire behavior due to new shifts occurring in the residential fire environment: larger homes, open floor plans and increased synthetic fuel loads. Specific changes to current industry knowledge, processes, standard operating procedures and training tactics can be adopted immediately upon completion.

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Structural Stability of Engineered Lumber

Length: 2 hours

Examine firefighter hazards posed by the use of engineered lumber in roof and floor designs and light-weight construction of wood-trusses. Course completion enables trainees to modify current fire mitigation tactics, understand building codes to better interpret hazards, and assess the safety of occupants and fire response teams.

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Basement Fires — Collapse Hazards and Fire Dynamics

Length: 3 hours

Learn about hazards associated with the burn response of residential flooring systems. Several tactical considerations can be applied after course completion to improve firefighter safety, knowledge and decision-making in residential fire response.

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Effectiveness of Fire Service Vertical Ventilation and Suppression Tactics in Single Family Homes

Length: 1-3 hours

This interactive training walks learners through the research approach, experimental setup, test results, and tactical considerations derived from vertical ventilation and suppression test results. It includes an introduction to the key concepts of heat release rate, flow paths, and stages of fire development. The twelve tactical considerations developed from the research results are illustrated to aid the fire service with integration into their education and fire ground tactics where applicable.

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Scientific Research for the Development of More Effective Tactics: Governors Island Experiments

Length: 1-3 hours

This online course serves as the culmination of the full-scale field experiments performed on Governors Island by the Fire Department of New York, NIST and UL. The interactive training takes learners through a research timeline of the previous fire dynamics research conducted by NIST and UL, all of the details that went into the tests, test results, and tactical considerations derived from the test results. This course brings science to the streets by examining two main groups of tactical considerations. The first group looks at the impact of controlling ventilation and flow paths. The second explores the use of exterior fire attack as a means to rapidly reduce the fire hazard inside the structure in order to facilitate interior fire operations. Fires were conducted within numerous 3 story residential row houses with ignition occurring in the basement, in the first floor living room and in a second floor bedroom.

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Residential Attic and Exterior Fire Hazards

Length: 1-3 hours

This online course serves as a culmination of the small scale, full-scale, and field experiments performed by UL as part of a research study funded by the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. The purpose of this study is to increase firefighter safety and effectiveness by providing the fire service with scientific knowledge on the dynamics of attic and exterior fires and the influence of coordinated fire mitigation tactics from full-scale fire testing in realistic residential structures.

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Positive Pressure Attack

Length: 1-3 hours

This online course serves as a culmination of the cold flow, and full-scale experiments performed by UL as part of a research study funded by the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. The purpose of this study is to increase firefighter safety and effectiveness by providing the fire service with scientific knowledge on the use of positive pressure fans for attack and ventilation.

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