Fire Dynamics and Fireground Tactics: Research for Survival

Today’s structure fires burn faster, hotter and with more toxic byproducts. Because of these changes, traditional firefighting methods may no longer be the safest and most effective. Over the past several years, the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) and Underwriters Laboratories (UL) have been working together with the fire service to examine the changes in the fire environment over time, including ventilation limited fires, flow control and the effectiveness in suppression tactics. This workshop will discuss what has been learned about the modern fire environment and make recommendations on adapting firefighting tactics to counter these changes.

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