Fire Dynamics and Behavior: SC 'Live Burns' Will Benefit Research and Firefighter Training

Fire researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and colleagues from fire service organizations will turn abandoned wood-frame, single-family houses near the site of an old Spartanburg (SC) textile mill into proving and training grounds for new science-driven firefighting techniques this week. The objective of the study is to improve firefighter safety and effectiveness. Experiments conducted in eight different houses will demonstrate firefighting methods--individually and in combinations--for strategically ventilating and isolating fires to prevent--or at least delay--flashover, the extremely perilous phenomenon that occurs when heat builds up in a burning ...

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