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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.

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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: Natural Gas and Propane

In his new Construction Concerns, Gregory Havel discusses the use of natural gas and liquefied propane gas in buildings under construction, in buildings undergoing renovation, and in the temporary structures that are found on construction job sites.

Construction Concerns: Scaffolds

For his new Construction Concerns, Gregory Havel looks at temporary structures that are used by construction and maintenance workers for access to elevated work areas and to support workers, tools, and materials.

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.


Two-Alarm Fire Breaks Out at Quincy (MA) Fire

Crews are investigating a marina fire that incinerated 11 boats, sinking three, in Quincy, Massachusetts.

Firefighters Respond to 2-Alarm Anne Arundel County (MD) Fire

Shortly after 11 am on Saturday, September 19, 2015, Anne Arundel County (MD) firefighters were dispatched to a reported structure fire. See some shots from the scene by Michael Schwartzberg.

Four-Alarm Fire Destroys San José (CA) Market

On Sunday, October 4, 2015, at 0240 hours, units of the San José (CA) Fire Department responded to 2889 Senter Road for a working structure fire in a multi-unit strip mall. See photos by Craig Allyn Rose.

What Would You Do? Single-Family Dwelling Fire

This fire occurs in a single-family dwelling at daybreak. Check out a new training simulation from John "Skip" Coleman.

Video: Heavy Fire at New Jersey House Fire

The video shows firefighters encountering heavy fire at a Ewing (NJ) home as they worked to get water on the flames despite water supply challenges.

Firefighting Tactics: Change Breeds Debate

The continuing debate over fire science research and firefighting tactics is important, writes Brian P. Kazmierzak. Disstenting factions may never fully agree, but both sides should proceed with civility and in good faith.

Firefighter cancer and cross-contamination

Firefighter cancer is a great concern of the fire service community. Among the contributing factors to firefighter cancer are the continual exposure to fire apparatus exhaust and the numerous carcinogens present at fire scenes.

Fire in a Detroit Vacant Building

A fire is reported in a vacant structure; unfortunately, this happens frequently in the city of Detroit.

Vertical Ventilation: Should it Still be a Primary Tactical Assignment?

P.J. Norwood returns to discuss when and when not to use this vital fireground tactic.

Firefighters Injured in Meriden (CT) Multi-Family Dwelling Fire

Three firefighters were injured early today while operating at a Meriden (CT) multi-family dwelling fire at which a flashover occurred.

Olympia (WA) Firefighters Share Video of Truck Company Work

Olympia (WA) Fire Fighters IAFF Local 468 recently shared a video clip showing truck company members performing vertical ventilation at the scene of a recent house fire.

Butte Fire Containment Grows to 67 Percent

Cal Fire says containment of the Butte Fire has inched forward to 67 percent as of Saturday night. The burn area is holding steady at 70,760 acres.

Seventeen Injured in Denver Apartment Fire

A fire that erupted at the Country Club Villas condominium complex near East Florida Avenue and South Parker Road left nearly 20 people injured and dozens more displaced Thursday after they were forced to jump to safety.

What Would You Do? Restaurant Fire

This fire occurs in a restaurant approximately 30 minutes before opening for the day. View a new firefighter training simulation video from Skip Coleman.

Two Residents Killed in Butte Fire

FE Talk Archive: SLICERS and DICERS

Bobby Halton talks with Eddie Buchanan and Ray McCormack.

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