UL FSRI Conducts Second Round of Research Experiments Utilizing Acquired Single-Family Homes
For a two-week period, the UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute (FSRI) partnered with the Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI) and the Sidney Fire Department (Ohio) to conduct a series of experiments involving live fire. The experiments were conducted in four local houses donated by the Land Bank of Shelby County that were slated for demolition. Firefighters from the Sidney and twelve 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.
“This is an incredible opportunity for Sidney Fire, departments within the region and the citizens these departments serve,” said Fire Chief Bradley Jones. “To be able to partner with UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute, whose mission is to improve firefighter safety through research, will help strengthen fireground safety and modern fireground tactics with similar sized departments across America. You don’t need to be a metro sized department to successfully utilize modern fireground tactics.”
“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 forty visitors traveled from all over the country to witness two of the experiments. Throughout the two weeks, UL FSRI was also joined by members of the UL FSRI Advisory Board and project technical panel comprised of firefighters from Florida to California.
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