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UL Fire Safety Journal 3

Describes the live-fire experiments UL conducted to better understand fire behavior and to test innovative fire attack tactics that can help firefighters more safely and effectively fight modern structure fires.



Construction Concerns: Trenching and Excavating

In his new Construction Concerns, Gregory Havel warns first responders of the dangers of entering these construction areas.

Construction Concerns: Adhesives in Manufactured Lumber

In his new Construction Concerns, Gregory Havel looks into the history and combustibility of adhesives in manufactured lumber.

Fire-Resistive Floor-Ceiling Assemblies

In his new Construction Concerns, Gregory Havel looks at fire resistance ratings for these sections of commercial, industrial, and multifamily residential buildings.

Construction Concerns: Roofing Materials Tests

In his new Construction Concerns, Gregory Havel discusses the ins and outs of roofing materials that firefighters may encounter.  

Construction Concerns: Fire Extinguisher Testing

In his new Construction Concerns, Gregory Havel discusses the use of portable fire extinguishers as well as the results from an Underwriters Laboratories ratings test.

FE Talk Archive: SLICERS and DICERS

Bobby Halton talks with Eddie Buchanan and Ray McCormack.

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Video: Bill Gustin on Hoseline Operations in Multiple Dwellings

In this training video, Miami-Dade (FL) Captain Bill Gustin discusses hoseline operations for multiple dwellings.

Electrical Fire Ignited Christmas Tree in Fatal Maryland Mansion Fire

An electrical fire that spread to a 15-foot Christmas tree prompted a blaze that reduced a 16,000-square-foot riverfront mansion near Maryland's capital to ruins, killing a couple and four of their young grandchildren

Coordinated ventilation has a role

NIST has provided us with critical information that has proven what many have already applied for years: Put water on the fire.

Jack Murphy Discusses Huge Edgewater (NJ) Fire

Fire Engineering board member and John Jay professor Jack Murphy was on WABC to discuss the recent huge fire at an apartment complex in Edgewater, New Jersey.

Fire Blog Roundup: Target Flows and How Firefighters Interact

Two more writers joined our featured bloggers this week. Bath Township (OH) Fire Chief Joseph Kitchen commented on how firefighters treat one another in "Just Be Nice," while Don Chambers of Fit 4 Fire discussed the need to have target flows.

Globe Manufacturing Featured in 'This Built America'

This week, Globe Manufacturing represents New Hampshire manufacturing and firefighters from around the world in the editorial series This Built America.

Firefighters Battle Huge Edgewater (NJ) Apartment Complex Fire

A spectacular fire lit up the evening sky in Edgewater, New Jersey, on January 21st, as fire tore through the block-long four-story Avalon at Edgewater luxury housing complex.

Firefighters Respond to Scottsville (NY) Residential Fire

The Scottsville (NY) Fire Department was dispatched to a recent reported house fire in the early morning hours.

What Would You Do? Fast Food Restaurant Fire

Skip Coleman provides a new training simulation on a fire that occurs in a fast food restaurant. What would you do?

Detroit Fire Strikes Three Dwellings

Fire photographer Dave Traiforos provided some photos of a recent fire that took place in in southwest Detroit.

Numerous Departments Battle Large Fire at Tennessee Wood Products Business

A number of fire departments are battling a large fire at a wood products business in Mosheim, Tennessee, according to news reports.

What Would You Do? Older Wood-Frame Home

Check out a new firefighter training simulation from Skip Coleman for an older, two-story wood-frame home.

Drill: Vertical Fire Travel

Vertical fire spread can quickly make a "one-room job" escalate to a multiple alarm fire. Doug Mitchell discusses aspects of locating potential avenues for vertical fire spread.

Fallen Inwood (NY) Firefighter Laid to Rest

The funeral for Inwood (NY) volunteer firefighter Joseph Sanford Jr. was a solemn affair that took place on Wednesday, December 31, 2014.

New York Firefighters Pull Two from Burning Mobile Home

Moyers Corners (NY) volunteer firefighters rescued two men from a mobile home fire in the town of Clay on Christmas morning.