The International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI) has received notification of an Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program award of $510,437. This funding will allow ISFSI to partner with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) team, the South Carolina Fire Academy and the Spartanburg Fire Department for continued research and additional online modules, including traditional classroom instruction outlines that will improve firefighter safety.
"We are so happy to build upon our previous grant research and look forward to additional scenarios," says Doug Cline, ISFSI President. "Connecting the new research to previous data and also the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives will provide more opportunities to learn from the fire."
The grant is within the Fire Prevention and Safety Grant category of the Grants Programs Directorate of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and will provide funding to conduct six (6) live fire burns with the NIST team gathering data at each one. The research will test firefighting tactics based on already developed research and science and develop a training program that will focus on firefighter safety in residential fires. This series of research will look at fire behavior in two-story single-family dwellings, as well as garage fires.
This project builds upon the collaboration between local, state and federal organizations and helps to expand the research conducted in January of 2013.
"We are grateful for the opportunity to once again partner with Spartanburg Fire Department for the acquired structures," adds Chief Shane Ray, South Carolina State Fire Marshal and past ISFSI Vice-President. "The programs developed will help us reach more firefighters with the information that can make us all better able to perform our duties. We will also make sure that those who wish to observe the research in action are welcome on site again as this was key to our past success."
Information is available there about the past research and instructor resources, including online training classes from the January burn research. Also available on the Web site is information on the upcoming ISFSI Fall Conference, to be held October 18-20, 2013 at the South Carolina Fire Academy in Columbia, SC. Dan Madrzykowski and Chief Shane Ray will share the latest on fire dynamics and firefighter safety with highlights from the January 2013 Spartanburg Burns featured. We would love for you to join us! Complete registration details are available at www.isfsi.org.