Studying the Effectiveness of Fire Service Vertical Ventilation and Suppression Tactics

Effectiveness of Fire Service Vertical Ventilation and Suppression Tactics in Single Family Homes Online Course Released

August 28, 2013

Collage of images from experiments inside a single family home

The UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute (FSRI) released the “Effectiveness of Fire Service Vertical Ventilation and Suppression Tactics in Single Family Homes” – an online course that serves as a culmination of the work performed under the 2010 Department of Homeland Security Assistance to Firefighter Grant Program.

The interactive training walks learners through the research approach, experimental setup, test results, and tactical considerations derived from the test results. This course supplements the project’s technical report through fire service commentary on the impact that Underwriters Laboratories research has on firefighting tactics, interactive fire scenarios, video from all 17 full-scale residential structure fires, and numerous photos.

“This training program presents the most up to date fire dynamics research in a way firefighters at all levels can comprehend. It is more interactive and flexible than ever providing a path through the course for a company drill or for the firefighter or instructors who want to dive into the material and form their own tactical considerations,” said UL FSRI Director Steve Kerber.

There are many features to the course:

  • Three different approaches to taking the course (abbreviated, complete, and instructor), ranging in duration from one hour to more than two hours.
  • An overview of modern fire challenges facing the fire service provides a summary of factors impacting fire dynamics – increased fuel loads, large open spaces and lightweight construction.
  • An enhanced educational experience through an introduction to the key concepts of heat release rate, flow paths, and stages of fire development is included.
  • Twelve tactical considerations developed from the research results illustrated to aid the fire service with integration into their education and fire ground tactics where applicable.

Students have the opportunity to use interactive models to develop an in-depth understanding of the impact of ventilation and water application on fire dynamics. Instructors are provided links to related research material to aid in tailoring the research results to specific fire service operations.  

Access the report here.  

Relevant Resources:

RESOURCE #1: Effectiveness of Fire Service Vertical Ventilation and Suppression Tactics in Single Family Homes project page

RESOURCE #2: Effectiveness of Fire Service Vertical Ventilation and Suppression Tactics in Single Family Homes research report