Research Projects
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.
FireCARES: Community Assessment/Response Evaluation System
UL FSRI
October 31, 2016
On-going 'Big Data' project to assess community risk and fire department performance.
Study of Coordinated Fire Attack utilizing Acquired Structures
UL FSRI
August 5, 2016
Expanding previous research into new single family homes scenarios, garden apartments and strip malls
Understanding and Fighting Basement Fires
UL FSRI
January 1, 2016
Joint effort with ISFSI to research safer ways to fight fires.
"Close Your Door" Helps Save Lives as Part of Fire Safety Plan
UL FSRI
January 1, 2016
Sharing a modern public safety education message for the modern fire environment
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
Studying Impact of Ventilation to Aid Fire Investigations
UL FSRI
September 17, 2015
UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute (FSRI) examines how ventilation affects fire patterns and electrical system damage.
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 fire ground.
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
Effectiveness of Fire Service Positive Pressure Ventilation
UL FSRI
July 26, 2013
This project enhanced the understanding of how positive pressure attack and positive pressure ventilation effect fire dynamics in residential structures.
Governors Island Experiments
UL FSRI
May 21, 2013
Taking ventilation and suppression research from the laboratory to the field with FDNY and NIST
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.
Effectiveness of Fire Service Vertical Ventilation and Suppression Tactics
UL FSRI
June 12, 2011
This fire research project developed the experimental data that was needed to quantify the fire behavior associated with vertical ventilation.
Firefighter Safety and Photovoltaic Systems
UL FSRI
April 19, 2010
Firefighter concerns, including vulnerability to electrical and casualty hazards when mitigating a fire involving photovoltaic (PV) modules systems, were examined during this project.
Impact of Ventilation on Fire Behavior in Legacy and Contemporary Residential Construction
UL FSRI
August 21, 2009
Examining the fire dynamics of horizontal ventilation
Firefighter Exposure to Smoke Particulates
UL FSRI
August 1, 2007
Measuring what is in smoke from materials, to rooms, to the fireground in partnerhip with Chicago Fire Department and University of Cincinnati
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.
Comparison of Modern and Legacy Home Furnishings
UL FSRI
August 1, 2005
This demonstration highlights the changes furnishings have had on flashover times.
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 Dynmaics Bootcamp
In conjunction with the Underwriters Laboratories Firefighter Safety Research Institute (UL FSRI), the First Responder Center for Excellence for Reducing Occupational Illness, Injuries and Deaths will host a three-day Fire Dynamics Boot Camp designed to empower and prepare fire service leaders and instructors to incorporate the most current research about fire behavior and firefighting tactics into their training programs.
Rescue Squad Operations on the Modern Fireground
This program will introduce the attendee to the best practices regarding rescue squad operations on the modern fire ground including searching in the fire flow path, vent-enter-isolate-search procedures, as well as pro-active rapid intervention measures incorporating the results from the DHS 2013 Fire Attack study.
The Impact of Fire Attack Utilizing Interior and Exterior Streams & Training Fires: Safety and Fidelity
The presentation will cover an in depth review of both the Fire Attack and Training Fires studies.
Keynote: Research WITH the Fire Service to Improve Firefighter Safety and Effectiveness
Director Kerber will speak how UL FSRI incorporates research with the fire service.
Bringing Science to the Fire Service: Fire Dynamics for Structural Firefighting
Dan Madrzykowski and UL Advisory Board Member Chief Pete Van Dorpe will discuss the modern fire environment, fire dynamics, and the capability and limitations of firefighter safety equipment among other topics in an all-day seminar.
Bringing Science to the Fire Service: Fire Dynamics for Structural Firefighting
Dan Madrzykowski and UL Advisory Board Member Chief Pete Van Dorpe will discuss the modern fire environment, fire dynamics, and the capability and limitations of firefighter safety equipment among other topics in an all-day seminar.
Fire Dynamics for Structural Fire Fighting
FireCARES and NFORS Information Session at LCFA
Craig Weinschenk will lead a discussion session describing the data tools FireCARES and NFORS and how “big data” can be used to reduce fire fighter and civilian injury, death and property loss.
Setting Big Data on Fire
Craig Weinschenk will present on the data tools FireCARES and NFORS and how big data is being leveraged for public safety.
Fire Dynamics-Based Approach to Tactical Choices
Normally, firefighters enter the front door of a structure to access a fire to extinguish it. This approach, enabled by the personal protective equipment 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 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 a number of these incidents where firefighters were killed or injured. In this presentation, the latest Underwriters Laboratories Fire Service Research Institute firefighting research results, supported by physics, are coupled with examples from fireground 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.
What about the victim? Using fire research for victim survivability
This class reviews the considerations for search and rescue that can be gained from the latest firefighter research. More than 84% of the fatal home fire injuries occur in one- or two-family dwellings. Statistics such as this underscore the need for search and rescue to be a major incident priority during residential fires. Research over the past 10 years has shown occupants now have less than three minutes to escape the room of origin and only slightly longer for the structure as a whole. Survivability in structure fires is a complex topic. A combination of thermal exposure, toxic gas exposure, limited oxygen, and irritant gas exposure make it difficult to determine the chance of fatalities in given spaces. Over the past five years, the Underwriters Laboratories Firefighter Safety Research Institute has conducted research on firefighting tactics in residential structures. During those experiments, data were acquired on thermal exposure, toxic gas exposure, and oxygen limits. These data can be used to evaluate victim survivability.
Top 20 Tactical Considerations from Firefighter Research
Over the past several years, the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Firefighter Safety Research Institute has been working with the fire service to examine fire dynamics and firefighting tactics. More than two hundred experiments have examined the changes in the fire environment over time, the impact of ventilating ventilation-limited fires, and the implications of flow control and effectiveness in suppression tactics. These experiments were conducted with firefighters from across the country from departments of different types with varying levels of staffing, resources, and operating procedures. The UL studies have produced tactical considerations that have become common themes over several studies that may change the way you view your standard operating guidelines. This year's Top 20 includes considerations from the latest positive pressure attack and fire attack studies.
The Impact of Using Interior and Exterior Streams
The UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute has just completed a project on the impact of using interior and exterior fire streams on firefighter safety and occupant survival. This class discusses the tactical considerations involved and describes the cold flow experiments conducted to determine how the type of hose stream and its method of application moves air within a structure given various ventilation openings and interior vs. exterior deployment. Flow experiments were conducted to determine water distribution within compartments based on the type of tactic chosen, and a series of live-fire experiments were conducted to determine the interaction of the hose streams with the modern fire environment and the potential impact on firefighter safety and occupant survival. This first of its kind study is fully discussed. 
Science in the Fire Service
This class shares the latest firefighter research and its implications for the fire service from Dan Madrzykowski and Robin Zevotek. Three very important and high visibility research projects will be discussed by the lead researchers and members of the fire service technical panels. The latest results from the ISFSI/UL FSRI Basement Fires Study, UL FSRI Fire Attack Study, and IFSI/UL FSRI/NIOSH PPE Cleaning study will be shared and discussed with the audience in a panel/open mic session. 
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.