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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.
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Fire Instructor Exposures
Every year, the National Firefighter Cancer Symposium (NFCS) is our opportunity to bring together members from the scientific, academic, firefighting, government, and labor/management communities to support the reduction of cancer risk in the U.S. fire service. Together, our mission is to extinguish cancer. The 2021 NFCS will be jointly hosted by the First Responder Center for Excellence (FRCE) and the Firefighter Cancer Initiative (FCI) at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. The event will focus on the most current research and cancer prevention practices in the fire service. The NFCS 2021 will be available as a hybrid event. The FRCE will be hosting the in-person NFCS at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista South in Kissimmee, FL, June 10-12. All content and speaker engagement will also be available virtually, on-line hosted by FCI.
Firefighter Health Research
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Coordinated Fire Attack - Science in the Big Room
This class provides an opportunity for the UL Firefighting Safety Research Institute (FSRI), along with four of the technical panel members who served on both the suppression study and the coordinated fire attack study, to present the highlights and fireground applications of the research. This research, conducted over the past 10 years, was focused primarily on ventilation and suppression, independent from one another, at fires in single-family dwellings. With a solid understanding of horizontal, vertical, and positive-pressure ventilation alongside both interior and exterior water application, the time has come to put the pieces together: How do we define coordination on the fireground? What makes for an effective fire attack? The current UL FSRI study into coordinating ventilation and suppression on the fireground is nearing its completion. The science from the lab was taken to the streets as experiments were conducted in acquired single-family dwellings, garden-style apartments, and a commercial strip mall. This study, much like all of our other studies, is guided by a technical panel of firefighters from across the country.
Training Fires: More Than Just Heat and Smoke
This class focuses on the impact of the fuel type used during training evolutions. Discussion includes the differences in risks for students and fire instructors in the context of high-fidelity training that can appropriately prepare firefighters for today’s fireground; a description of these risks; and the scientific basis for recommendations to balance these risks through training, fuel selection, and postfire exposure reduction measures that can be implemented at relatively low cost and impact.
Effect of Firefighting Intervention on Occupant Tenability
What are the effects of search and suppression tactics on occupant tenability? Discussion centers on the results of 12 experiments conducted using a full-size residential structure to assess the impacts on trapped occupants when using an interior attack (applying water from the interior while a search team looked for simulated trapped occupants) and applying water from the exterior before transitioning to the interior while a search team looked for simulated trapped occupants. Six groups of firefighters, recruited from fire departments throughout the country, participated in two experiments each. Gas concentration and temperature measurements were analyzed to determine the effectiveness of firefighter tactics in limiting the exposure to potentially trapped occupants. This class highlights the effect of water relative to reducing temperature, occupant removal time, and occupant location within the structure. Coordination of suppression and ventilation tactics is emphasized.
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