Water Mapping Research Report and Online Training Released
The UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute (UL FSRI) released its scientific report and online training program based on Part I of the 2013 U.S. Department of Homeland Security – Federal Emergency Management Agency Assistance to Firefighters Grants Program, “Impact of Fire Attack Utilizing Interior and Exterior Streams on Firefighter Safety and Occupant Survival: Water Mapping.”
This report and associated online training detail the results and analysis from a series of water distribution experiments that were conducted using fire service hose streams, without the presence of fire, to gain a fundamental understanding of how water flows into a compartment. Each test was designed to quantify water distribution within a compartment by evaluating the differences caused by various application methods, hose stream types, nozzle movements, pressures/flow rates, stream locations, and elevation angles.
“These results will aid firefighters in understanding where water is going during various application methods along with allowing them to better understand how tactical choices such as hose stream type, nozzle movement patterns, pressures/flow rates, stream locations and elevation angles effect water distribution,” said Stephen Kerber, Director, Fire Safety.