Study of the Fire Service Training Environment: Safety, Fidelity, and Exposure

Fire Training Research Experiments Conducted Inside Firefighter Training Props

May 29, 2020

Metal storage container with smoke coming out the front opening

The UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute (FSRI) completed a series of experiments inside metal storage containers used as firefighting training props as part of the second phase of the "Study of the Fire Service Training Environment: Safety, Fidelity, and Exposure." These experiments compare a lined and a non-lined metal container prop to a wood framed structure that was designed to represent a single family dwelling. Common residential furnishings and several wood-based fuel packages are being burned to examine the influence on fire dynamics of the type and arrangement of fuel within within the burn compartment. The goal is to determine how the different wall linings, fuel packages, and ventilation can be configured to provide fire instructors with the safest and most realistic training for firefighters.

 

Relevant Resources: 

RESOURCE #1: UL FSRI Project Page - Study of the Fire Service Training Environment: Safety, Fidelity, and Exposure

RESOURCE #2: Research Report - Evaluation of Ventilation Controlled Fires in L-Shaped Training Props

RESOURCE #3: Research Report - Evaluation of the Thermal Conditions and Smoke Obscuration of Live Fire Training Fuel Packages