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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: 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.

Construction Concerns: Fire Doors

Fire-rated doors can provide a valuable line of defense for firefighters. Greg Havel has more on this building construction feature.

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.

Applying Fire Research to Structural Firefighting

FIRE DYNAMICS ARTICLES

Fire Crews Battle Flames in North Attleboro (MA) Balloon Frame Dwelling

Firefighters responded to working fire in a balloon-frame dwelling in North Attleboro, Massachusetts. Ken LaBelle shares information on the incident and photos from the scene.

Firefighting and Preserving the Fire Scene: Finding the Balance

The company officers and firefighters all play a huge role in every fire investigation, Danny Sheridan and Steve Chasteen write.

Detroit Firefighters Battle Vacant Fire with Extension

Detroit (MI) firefighters responded to this box alarm fire in a vacant dwelling extended to an occupied dwelling.

Two Men Killed in Oakland (CA) Apartment Fire

Two men, including a local artist, died in a three-alarm fire at two West Oakland apartment buildings early Saturday, according to a news report.

Detroit Firefighters Confront Fire in Five Dwellings

Detroit fire crews responded to this box alarm fire in an occupied dwelling.

Fire at Staten Island (NY) Townhouse Community Goes to Four Alarms

Fire Department of New York (FDNY) crews responded Monday afternoon to a four-alarm fire at a Staten Island (NY) townhouse community.

What Would You Do? Four-Story Apartment Building

Check out a new training scenario from Skip Coleman on fire response to a four-story apartment building.

Crews Contend with Embers, Collapse at Irvington (NJ) Fire

At just around 20:10 on Sunday March 16, 2015, the Irvington (NJ) Fire Department was dispatched to 646 Nye Ave for a reported building fire.

Eddie Buchanan: The Tipping Point on Fire Science

FDIC Conference Director Diane Rothschild recently spoke with Eddie Buchanan, division chief, Hanover (VA) Fire & EMS, the recipient of the Fire Engineering/ISFSI George D. Post Instructor of the Year Award at FDIC 2015, about the whole FDIC “experience.”

UL FSRI Launches Residential Attic and Exterior Fire Hazards Online Training Program

UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute (FSRI) announces the release of “Residential Attic and Exterior Fire Hazards” – an online course that serves as a culmination of the small scale, full-scale, and field experiments performed by UL as part of a research study funded by the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program.

Q & A: Sean Gray on 'Attack from the Burned Side'

Sean Gray recently presented a Webcast on structural firefighting tactics, "Attack from the Burned Side: New Age Tactics and Tasks." Read his answers to questions posed during the live presentation.

Firefighters Battle Two-Alarm Fire at East Orange (NJ) Diner

Fire crews responded late Monday to a fire that went to two-alarms at a diner in East Orange, New Jersey, and fire photographer Dan Clerico got some photos and video from the scene.

Humpday Hangout: The 'Vertical Lumberyard'

On today's Humpday Hangout, talk fireground tactics with Bill Gustin, Mike Dugan, and their guests.

FDIC International Keynoter Steve Kerber: Fire Service Needs to Find the Right Partners

FDIC Conference Director Diane Rothschild recently spoke with Stephen Kerber, Director, UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute, who will give his keynote on “Finding a Voice for Fire Service Progress” at the FDIC 2015 Opening Ceremony, about the whole FDIC “experience.”

Construction Concerns: Fire Doors

Fire-rated doors can provide a valuable line of defense for firefighters. Greg Havel has more on this building construction feature.

FE Talk Archive: SLICERS and DICERS

Bobby Halton talks with Eddie Buchanan and Ray McCormack.

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