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Research Projects - fire investigation
Post-Fire Chemical Exposure Risks to Fire Investigators
UL FSRI
December 11, 2020
Examining Post-Fire Chemical Exposures from one hour to five days after suppression.
Impact of Ventilation on Fire Patterns
UL FSRI
September 17, 2015
UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute (FSRI) examined how ventilation affected fire patterns and electrical system damage.
Governors Island Experiments
UL FSRI
May 21, 2013
Taking ventilation and suppression research from the laboratory to the field with FDNY and NIST
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Research Based Public Safety Education
Through a combination of fire safety and stakeholder research conducted over the last decade, the UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute (FSRI) has laid the foundation for effective and engaging public fire safety programs. This session will provide an overview of that research-driven approach and delve into three different program examples, aiming to initiate discussions on how attendees can integrate these resources into their CRR outreach strategies.
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.
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.