Research Projects
Protection from Chemical, Thermal, and Cardiovascular Risks: Impact of PPE Laundering and Hood Design
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
October 31, 2016
On-going 'Big Data' project to assess community risk and fire department performance.
Study of Coordinated Fire Attack utilizing Acquired Structures
August 5, 2016
Expanding previous research into new single family homes scenarios, garden apartments and strip malls
Understanding and Fighting Basement Fires
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
January 1, 2016
Sharing a modern public safety education message for the modern fire environment
Assessing the Cardiovascular and Chemical Risks Faced by Firefighters
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
August 21, 2009
Examining the fire dynamics of horizontal ventilation
Firefighter Exposure to Smoke Particulates
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
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
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
August 1, 2005
This demonstration highlights the changes furnishings have had on flashover times.
Fire Safety & Skills
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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AFG R&D Annual Meeting
Robin & Keith will be in Dallas presenting on the progress of the UL FSRI research grants from 2013 (Fire Attack), 2014 (Training Fires) and 2015 (Coordinated Attack). If you're attending FRI, please stop in and get the most up to date informaiton on the ongoing grant funded FSRI research.
The Top 20 Tactical Considerations from Firefighter Research
Over the past several years, the UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute has been working with the fire service to examine fire dynamics and firefighting tactics. More than 300 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.
ISFSI Understanding and Fighting Basement Fires
The ISFSI “Understanding and Fighting Basement Fires” 8-hour classroom curriculm addresses types of basement access, fire attack tactics, nozzles and appliances, and tactical cosiderations based on research and real life experience. The ISFSI partnership with UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute under an AFG grant brings the research to the classroom and from the classroom to the streets.
The Impact of Fire Attack Utilizing Interior and Exterior Streams: Firefighter Safety and Occupant Survivability
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.         
Close Before You Doze: The Close Your Door Safety Initiative
This intiative comes as the result of over ten years of research by he UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute (FSRI), proving that a closed door could potentially save lives in a fire. Learn more about the research behind the initiative and what resources are available to share with your department and community.
Understanding and Fighting Basement Fires
"Bringing the science to the streets" by placing attendees in the action at specifically designed skill stations. Small-scale props will be used in combination with full-scale flow-path simulation stations that will position participants inside the learning environment to develop and enhance knowledge of modern fire development, flow path management, proper TIC usage, and basement fire attack. Participants will not only receive all learning materials, but a foundation to deliver the knowledge within their own organizations.
Teaching the Science of Firefighting
Firefighting is a very hands on activity, so it makes sense that teaching fire dynamics to firefighters should include hands on activities. UL FSRI has developed a fire dynamics boot camp for fire service instructors. The objective of the boot camp is to share information and experiments that instructors can use to effectively teach essential fire behavior concepts and how they apply to the fire ground. This presentation will provide an overview of the topics and experiments included in the boot camp.
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.
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.