UL FSRI Conducts Second Round of Research Experiments Utilizing Acquired Single-Family Homes
For a period of two weeks, the UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute (FSRI) partnered with the Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI), and with the Beavercreek Township Fire Department (Ohio) to conduct a series of experiments involving live fire. The experiments were conducted in four local houses donated by a private home owner and will be used to collect data on the effectiveness of various firefighting techniques. Firefighters from Beavercreek and five other surrounding fire departments participated in the experiments. The “Study of Coordinated Fire Attack in Acquired Structures,” project is funded by the Department of Homeland Security/ Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant program.
The IFSI team utilized pig skin samples set up as “victim packages” inside to collect new information related to the exposure risks for occupants who may be trapped within the structure. New techniques have been developed to characterize skin burn risk and measure moisture and hydrogen cyanide (HCN) concentrations within the structure during fire growth through suppression to further understand how firefighting techniques and tactics may impact the environment in which survivable victims of the fire may be found.
“Our department has already improved our methods by learning from the studies of UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute. To have UL FSRI come to our township to continue that research is a big honor for Beavercreek Township Fire Department,” said Battalion Chief David Young. “Having the chance to be part of improving firefighter safety through research is an incredible opportunity.”
“Firefighter health and safety is primary to the work that we do. We feel that if firefighters are as smart as they can possibly be, they will be safe, they will be effective, there will be less Line-of-Duty-Deaths, less injuries, and more lives saved around the world,” said Stephen Kerber, Vice President, Research, UL FSRI.
On the second-to-last day, over 70 visitors traveled from all over the country to witness two of the experiments. Throughout the two weeks, UL FSRI was also joined by members project technical panel comprised of firefighters from Florida to California.
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