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Research Projects - health
Protection from Chemical, Thermal, and Cardiovascular Risks: Impact of PPE Laundering and Hood Design
UL FSRI
January 1, 2017
Research project led by the Illinois Fire Service Institute in partnership with UL FSRI and NIOSH to research ppe laundering.
Cardiovascular and Chemical Exposure Risks on Today’s Training Ground
UL FSRI
July 30, 2016
Examining cardiovascular and chemical exposure risks during fire training scenarios.
Assessing the Cardiovascular and Chemical Risks Faced by Firefighters
UL FSRI
September 24, 2015
Examining critical fire service health concerns led by IFSI in partnership with UL FSRI and NIOSH
Study of the Fire Service Training Environment: Safety, Fidelity, and Exposure
UL FSRI
August 6, 2015
Bridging the gap between the training ground and the fireground.
Study of the Impact of Fire Attack Utilizing Interior and Exterior Streams on Firefighter Safety and Occupant Survival
UL FSRI
August 1, 2014
This ongoing project aims to evaluate various fire attack methods and their effect on firefighter safety and occupant survivability
Firefighter Exposure to Smoke Particulates
UL FSRI
August 1, 2007
Measuring what is in smoke from materials, to rooms, to the fireground in partnership with Chicago Fire Department and University of Cincinnati
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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.