UL FSRI Launches New Online Training Program

UL FSRI is proud to announce the release of “Scientific Research for the Development of More Effective Tactics” – an online course that serves as a 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.


UL FSRI Director Steve Kerber shared, “This training program presents the most up to date fire dynamics research in a way firefighters at all levels can comprehend.  It builds off of all of the UL and NIST firefighter research to dat

e and provides students with the science they need to examine their tactical approaches.  Tactical considerations are presented with video and data in a way that is easy to understand.  For the firefighters out there that want all the details, buttons allow access to all of the data graphs, experimental video and relevant FDNY procedures.”

There are many features to this course that will increase fire service knowledge.  An initial interactive research timeline provides links to more than 15 years of previous UL and NIST research that led to this series of experiments.  Then basic fire dynamics concepts are introduced and linked to tactical considerations that will allow for the students to re-examine their current operating procedures.  Finally, students have the opportunity to use interactive examples to develop an in-depth understanding of the impact of ventilation and water application on fire dynamics. The course content is available by clicking the image below. For mobile users, the course is compatible with tablet devices and iPad via the Articulate Media Player application in the App Store.



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  1. Fred Redfern says:

    Very good job from top to bottom. A good training tool. Many firefighters lives will be saved if this information is implemented into our SOP’s/SOG’s. Thanks to all who were involved in this study.

  2. Velton says:

    Is there some kind of documentation that can be obtained for taking the online class. We are beginning the process of changing our tactics within in our county and are providing this training in conjunction of some of own findings and it would be nice to have a certificate to give to those taking and completing the course.

    • Stephen Kerber says: (Author)

      We do not want to hand out certificates without meaning so we are working with UL’s Workplace Health and Safety group to host a version of the course that offers a test that covers the courses learning objectives. This will meet international standards for continuing education and you will be able to print a certificate of completion. You will also be stored in our database so you can return anytime and prove your completion. We currently have this for 4 of our courses, available from our training tab at the top of the site, just click the “Earn CEU’s for this training” from the registration page. It will be coming soon for the Vertical Ventilation and Governor’s Island Courses.

  3. R. Cheslock says:

    I’ve been a Professional FireFighter for 28 years and I’d like to thank UL, NIST, FDNY, LACOFD and everyone else involved with these experiments. I’ve watched the 7 part lecture and the training program and I am enlightened by the information. Our department is also revising our Strategy and Tactics. We will utilize this information to understand fire behavior and enable our members to confidently fight fires utilizing proper procedures. Undoubtedly this will save many lives both firefighters and the people who depend on us.

    Thanks again Stephen, Dan and Derek

    • Stephen Kerber says: (Author)

      Appreciate the kind words. We applaud you for implementation. If you have any specifics to share we would love to share them with our followers.

  4. Hugh McCrystal says:

    The data and training put forth by UL, NIST and LACoFD has kicked off needed change in fire service strategy and tactics. I am so grateful for the science based understanding of what our tactics do to the interior fire environment as we go about the business of search, rescue and suppression. As a result, my fire district has written several new tactical S.O.G.’s based on this science. While we have only implemented these on just a few fires, we have had great results. Thanks for the great research and please keep it coming!

  5. FF Michael Dade says:

    I am a training coordinator at my department. I am the only person at my department that has been exposed to the depth of this research. I would like to put together training/open discussion sessions of the different aspects of this information, but I would like to present them individually to focus on specific issues to address possible tactical implementation in our firefighting strategies. Are there resources available with this exact information, videos and images that would make this type of presentation possible, or is it best to present the information as I have found it; in its entirety?

    Thank you for making this information available. The open exchange of important information in the fire service is as much a part of the brotherhood as the kitchen table in the firehouse.

  6. David R says:

    Is any of the technical data, pictures, charts, or graphs available for download?

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