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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: 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.

Building Construction - Fires in Pole Building Construction: Avoiding the Pitfalls

Know the dangers of post-and-frame construction, which is common in many areas of the country. Douglas Fishel

Construction Concerns: Roofs: Snow Load

Gregory Havel's new Construction Concerns looks at the amount of snow load that a roof is designed to hold according to building code requirements among other variables.


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.

New Research Reveals How Wildfires Spread

The phrase "spreads like wildfire" is well known, but until recent discoveries by researchers at the University of Maryland (UMD), U.S. Forest Service, and University of Kentucky, it wasn't well-understood how wildfires actually spread. 

What Would You Do? Sewer Fire

This fire involves a fire of unknown origin and materials in a city sewer system.  All traffic in the area has been stopped. Skip Coleman has another firefighting simulation for you and your crew to consider.

Firefighters Battle 2-Alarm Pennsylvania Fire That Ravages Multiple Homes

Firefighters responded yesterday to a two-alarm fire that tore through three homes in Spring Township, Pennsylvania.

Video: Texarkana (AR) Firefighters Caught in Dynamic Fire Event

A video shows two Texarkana (AR) firefighters were caught in a dynamic fire event while working at a house fire Wednesday.

Fire at Los Angeles Church Ruled Arson But Church was Not Target

Two Firefighters Injured in Detroit Apartment Fire

At approximately 0150 on Wednesday, July 8, 2015, Detroit 5th Battalion companies responded to a reported fire in an apartment building at Richton & Lawton. See pics from this incident by Dennis Walus.

Firefighters Respond to 4-Alarm Upper Darby (PA) Fire

At around 17:38hrs on July 6, fire companies were dispatched to 72 South 69th street for the report of a fire in a shoe store in Upper Darby Township, Pennsylvania. See photos from the scene by Kenneth L. Brown Jr.

What Would You Do? Downtown Commercial Fire

This fire occurs in a downtown commercial building. It has many apartments on the upper two floors and mercantile on the first floor. What would you do? Check out a new simulation from Skip Coleman.

Mayday, New Hampshire Firefighters Escape Injury in 2-Alarm Fire

Firefighters became trapped and issued a Mayday during a two-alarm fire that displaced nine people last night in Franklin, New Hampshire, according to a report.

River Rouge (MI) Firefighters Respond to Rekindle

River Rouge (MI) firefighters responded recently to a rekindle of an earlier house fire.

In Case You Missed It: June 2015 Fire Engineering Features

Check out some of June's Fire Engineering Web exclusives, including Bobby Halton and Erich Roden's visit to the groundbreaking firefighter physiological testing being conducted in Illinois.

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.

FE Talk Archive: SLICERS and DICERS

Bobby Halton talks with Eddie Buchanan and Ray McCormack.

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