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Welcome to the Fire Engineering Fire Dynamics topic center, the industry's most trusted resource for information on fire behavior, dynamic fire events, and the latest fire-related research. Recognizing these events is critical to successful firefighting operations and here firefighters will find what they need to know regarding best practices, personal protective equipment, and the latest science and technology to survive these forces on the fireground.

Fire Dynamics Videos


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: Job Site Fuel Storage, Part II

Gregory Havel continues looking at the requirements for the storage and dispensing of flammable and combustible liquids as per NFPA standards.

Construction Concerns: Job Site Fuel Storage, Part I

In the first part of his multipart Construction Concerns, Gregory Havel looks at codes and regulations regarding potentially hazardous fuels stored at job sites.

Construction Concerns: Repurposed Structures

Gregory Havel's new Construction Concerns focuses on the history of one building in his former district of Burlington, Wisconsin, that has under several changes through the years.

Construction Concerns: Fuels and Fire Behavior

In his new Construction Concerns, Gregory Havel looks at the different ways and definitions of how temperature is measured and how it applies to fire behavior.

Construction Concerns: Blocked Emergency Exits

In his new Construction Concerns, Gregory Havel looks at the codes regarding the dangers of obstructed emergency exits at buildings under construction.


Throw Back to Basics: The Three Cs of Ventilation

Ventilation is a task that must be performed on nearly every fire, and it must be coordinated, communicated, and correct--the three Cs of ventilation.

What Would You Do? Overturned Tanker Fire

This fire involves an overturned tanker with a 1203 placard. The fire appears to be from a leak of the front tank car near the cab area of the tractor. Check out a new training scenario from Skip Coleman.

Training Officer's Toolbox: Fire Behavior

Understanding fire behavior/fire dynamics is a very important aspect of a firefighter's job, and some things do not always appear as they seem.

UL FSRI to Study Firefighters' Training Environment

Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Firefighter Safety Research Institute will undertake a new study of firefighters' training environments, according to a release.

Video: Oregon Bowling Alley Roof Collapsed During Fire

Detroit Fire Spreads from Vacant to Occupied Exposure

Detroit firefighters responded to this recent fire, which started in a vacant dwelling and spread to an occupied exposure. See photos from the scene by Dave Traiforos.

Veteran Firefighter Describes 'Extreme' Rocky Fire

On the northern flank of the Rocky Fire, the blackened forest floor is smoldering. The fire, which ignited more than a week ago in Northern California, quickly engulfed miles of dry brush and oak forests, at one point consuming 20,000 acres in just a few hours. The land it's left behind is eerie, hot and powdery underfoot.

Unattended Pot on Stove Caused Fatal Nashville Fire

An unattended pot left on a kitchen stove has been deemed the cause of a deadly fire that broke out at an apartment complex north of Nashville. A 55-year-old woman was killed in the fire.

The Facility Four C's

No matter how benign a facility may appear on the outside or the complacency one unconsciously acquires from nonemergent familiarity, all protected elements require careful analysis and evaluation, writes Eric G. Bachman.

What Would You Do? Modern Bank Fire

This fire occurs in a modern bank in a strip mall-like structure. Both the first and second floors are occupied with banks and offices. What would you do? Check out a new simulation video from Skip Coleman.

One Dead, Several Injured in Knoxville (TN) Crash

Firefighters and other emergency responders responded to a deadly crash Saturday evening in Knoxville, Tennessee.

NIST, IAFF Sponsor Event Focusing on Firefighting Tactics and Technology

The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) and the National Institute of Standards and Technolgoy (NIST) are sponsoring an event at NIST.

Badly Burned Teen Firefighter Remains in Hospital

A 16-year-old Marshall volunteer firefighter underwent seven hours of surgery and skin grafts Wednesday to treat burns suffered Sunday morning.

Glacier Park Fire Grows to 2000 Acres

Strong winds blowing steadily at about 30 miles per hour are pushing the Reynolds Creek Fire along the northwest shore of St. Mary Lake in Glacier National Park, prompting additional precautionary evacuations of the St. Mary area

Training Minutes: High-Rise Fire Operations: The Apartment Stretch

In this brand-new series of Training Minutes, Denver (CO) Assistant Chief Dave McGrail shares his knowledge on high-rise firefighting operations.

FE Talk Archive: SLICERS and DICERS

Bobby Halton talks with Eddie Buchanan and Ray McCormack.

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