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

FIRE SCIENCE

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.

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CONSTRUCTION CONCERNS

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.

Cintas and Sqwincher Reward Hottest Job with Prizes to Beat the Heat

Building Construction: Lightweight Steel Framing

Being able to distinguish between wood frame and steel construction is crucial to any size-up. Here's how to recognize steel frame so you can adjust tactics accordingly.

Construction Concerns: Contractor Hazards

Gregory Havel discusses some construction site hazards that responders could encounter as a result of contractor negligence.

FE Talk Archive: SLICERS and DICERS

Bobby Halton talks with Eddie Buchanan and Ray McCormack.

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FIRE DYNAMICS ARTICLES

A Typical Example of Smoke Curtain Use

Dr. Michael Reick discusses the use of smoke-blocking devices to control air flow during a compartment fire in Germany.

Firefighters Help Rescue Residents at Columbus (OH) Apartment Fire

Several people were forced to jump from a Columbus (OH) apartment complex fire that sent 10 people to the hospital Tuesday.

ISFSI Gets AFG Grant to Develop Training on Modern Fire Research

The International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI) announces that they are the recipients of a 2014 Department of Homeland Security AFG grant to develop and deliver curriculum using the modern fire behavior research of the last two years.

What Would You Do? Remodeled Motel Fire

Skip Coleman offers a firefighter training simulation in which he asks how you would respond to this fire at a remodeled hotel in your area.

Roof Crickets: What's Your Operation?

Colin Kelley discusses the hazards of responding to roofs with "crickets"—wooden, framed-out, triangular structures installed over top of already existing flat or pitched roofs.  

Endorsements from National Fire Protection Association Forum

Fire chiefs from the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom participated in the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Urban Fire Forum (UFF) in Quincy, Mass. September 4-7, 2014.

Firefighters Rescue Woman from Roof During Passaic (NJ) Fire

Firefighters rescued a woman from a three-alarm house fire early Sunday in Passaic, New Jersey.

What Would You Do? Lightweight Wood Building

Check out a new firefighting simulation from John "Skip" Coleman on a fire in a lightweight constructed building.

Oregon Firefighters Knocked Back at Strip Mall Fire

Firefighters knocked backward by explosive flames while fighting a three-alarm fire at a Oregon City strip mall early Wednesday sustained just minor injuries thanks to their protective suits.

Ottawa Training Program Focuses on Modern Fire Dynamics

Ottawa Fire Services is involved with other international players in the realm of firefighting in devloping a new curriculum based on an understanding of modern fire behavior and fire dynamics.

An Introduction to the Chemistry of Fire: Going Beyond the Basics

Joshua Scalf offers some basic knowledge on the chemical causes of fire in this first in his series of articles on a subject with which all firefighters should be familiar.

At Least Two Firefighters Injured in New Haven (CT) Fire

Fire tore through a restaurant Monday night in New Haven, Connecticut, causing a partial collapse and injuring at least two firefighters.

Woman Set Reservation Fire to Give Friends Work

A woman is to be sentenced next month for setting a wildfire on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation in central Oregon because her firefighter friends were bored and needed work.

North Haven Citizen Helps Rescue Residents From Burning Condo

As fire tore through a condo complex in New Milford on Thursday morning, a North Haven dad who was delivering school supplies to children of soldiers injured in war became a hero for residents and saved lives.

Firefighters Gain Ground on Wildfire near Yosemite

Hundreds of firefighters worked a fast-moving wildfire in the foothill town of Oakhurst on Tuesday, limiting the casualties to eight buildings and halting the fire's spread into nearby Yosemite National Park.