Research Projects - building construction
Understanding and Fighting Basement Fires
UL FSRI
January 1, 2016
Joint effort with ISFSI to research safer ways to fight fires.
Residential Attic Fire Mitigation Tactics and Exterior Fire Spread Hazards on Fire Fighter Safety
UL FSRI
September 7, 2012
This research project increased firefighter safety by providing the fire service with scientific knowledge on the dynamics of attic and exterior fires.
Structural Stability of Engineered Lumber in Fire Conditions
UL FSRI
August 1, 2006
Examining the impact of engineered floor systems on the time to collapse and firefighter safety
Improving Fire Safety by Understanding the Fire Performance of Engineered Floor Systems
UL FSRI
August 1, 2006
The main objective of this project was to improve firefighter safety by increasing the level of knowledge on the fire response to basement fires.
Fire Safety & Skills
Training
UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute advances fire research knowledge and develops cutting-edge, practical fire service education aimed at helping firefighters stay safe.
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UPCOMING EVENTS
Fire Research: Tactics, Training and Application
Understanding fire dynamics in residential structures strengthens a firefighter's ability to operate effectively on the fireground. Although every fireground is different, there are some key fire-dynamics principals all firefighters should know. This class will review these key principles and discuss how they can be employed tactically on the fireground. Topics will include ventilation-limited fires, forcible entry, horizontal/vertical or PPV, search operations, and hose stretches. Emphasis will be placed on understanding how tactical choices will impact the fire dynamics within a residential structure.
Rescue Operations on the Modern Fireground
This program will introduce the attendee to the best practices regarding rescue squad operations on the modern fireground. A UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute groundbreaking study has provided the fire service with cutting edge information about varying suppression tactics on the modern fireground, specifically, the impact of different tactics on the burn risks of potential trapped occupants. As those responsible for searching the fire building, rescue squad firefighters must incorporate these best practices into their operations for a safe and successful, coordinated fireground. This program will discuss searching in the fire flow path, VEIS procedures, as well as proactive rapid intervention measures.
Fire Dynamics, LODDS and the Keys to Effective Firefighting
Every day, firefighters enter the front door of a structure to extinguish a fire. This approach, enabled by the PPE that firefighters wear, has provided positive results, especially if the firefighters can easily locate the fire from their point of entry. However, there have been many cases where the firefighters did not find the fire, instead the fire found them. In fire incidents where firefighters were overtaken by the fire, the “one size fits all” fire attacks were not effective. Unfortunately, there are several these incidents where firefighters were killed or injured. In this presentation, the latest UL FSRI research results, supported by physics, will be coupled with examples from fire ground incidents to demonstrate why additional options are needed in your tactical tool box. Size-up, (understanding what the fire is showing you), and then deciding the best strategic and tactical approach is key to an effective fire attack.
Close Your Door - Fire Safety Messaging
The Close Your Door safety initiative comes as the result of over 10 years of research by the UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute (FSRI). After proving that a closed door could potentially save lives in a fire, UL FSRI has committed to share this finding with the world. This presentation will cover the research data associated with this initiative along with the steps taken for sharing the message with the Fire Service and general public.
Training Fires - Innovative Fuel Packages
Firefighter tactics research has highlighted a need for a more in-depth understanding of fire dynamics. Although live fire training has the potential to provide experience with fire dynamics the training environment and fuels permitted make this difficult. This presentation will look specifically at the challenge of creating realistic fire behavior using wood based fuels.
UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute is dedicated to increasing firefighter knowledge to reduce injuries and deaths in the fire service and in the communities they serve.