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

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.

The Fire Attack-Ventilation Connection: Street Considerations

Anthony Avillo-Although the recent studies on coordinating fire attack in the modern fire environment may not necessarily yield new information, the science behind them reinforces what we already know: that to ensure safe firefighting operations, you must coordinate suppression with ventilation.

Roundtable: Door Control

What steps has your department taken to add this "evolution" or assignment of door control in your department? How would your department handle this fire usng the new procedure? Share your thoughts with other Fire Engineering readers.

Firefighter Among Eight Injured in New York City Fire

A firefighter and seven other people were injured in a high-rise fire in the TriBeCa neighborhood of Manhattan, New York.

DICERS-VO: Protecting the Egress

Ray McCormack on how applying the DICERS-VO model allows you to protect your egress point on the fireground.

Polyethylene Wall: "Gasoline Construction" for Houses

The lightweight construction and low density of the material allow for high air flow into the product and expose more surface area to a fire, drastically reducing the time to flashover.

Firefighters Escape Close Call in Wind-Driven Fire

Five members of the Boise (ID) Fire Department narrowly avoid being buried in a structural collapse.

Akron (OH) Police and Firefighters Investigate Suspected Arson

Police and firefighters are investigating the link between a domestic fight and a suspected arson at the same apartment two days later.

Bully Fire (CA) Grows to 11,700 Acres

The Bully Fire grew by 500 acres overnight, to a total of 11,700 acres as of Friday morning.  Containment remained unchanged at 51 percent.