Science in the Big Room: Coordinated Fire Attack

    Thursday, April 23, 2020: 1:30 PM - 3:15 PM

    Speaker(s)

    Instructor
    Chad Christensen
    Battalion Chief
    Los Angeles County Fire Department
    United States
    Instructor
    Dennis LeGear
    Lead Consultant
    LeGear Engineering Fire Department Consulting
    United States
    Instructor
    Keith Stakes
    Research Engineer
    Underwriters Laboratories Firefighter Safety Research Institute
    United States
    Instructor
    Ray McCormack
    Lieutenant (Ret.)
    Fire Department of New York
    United States
    Instructor
    Tony Carroll
    Deputy Chief
    District of Columbia Fire Department
    United States

    Description

    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.  


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