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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: 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.

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.

Applying Fire Research to Structural Firefighting


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.

Lake Fire Now 40 Percent Contained

Most evacuations were lifted Saturday near a Southern California wildfire that threatened more than 7,000 buildings as firefighters caught a break in the weather and redoubled efforts to surround it.

Drills: Fire Behavior and Building Construction

In this set of firefighter training drills by Forest Reeder, he takes a look at some aspects of building construction and their impacts on fire dynamics and firefighting tactics.

IFSI Study Underway on Firefighter Health

This week, the University of Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI), in conjunction with Underwiters Laboratories (UL) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), undertook a study of the physiological effects of structural firefighting.

Firefighters Rescue Six from Redlands (CA) Fire

Firefighters helped rescue a number of people from an apartment complex fire Sunday evening in Redlands, California, according to a report.

Dearborn (MI) Firefighters Contend with Fire Spread at House Fire

In the early morning hours of Friday, June 19, firefighters with the Dearborn (MI) Fire Department responded to a house fire on Waverly Street on the city's west end.

Two Fire Burn 1,360 Acres in California

A huge camp site at Minarets High School is a temporary home to more than 1,000 firefighters. They are here to get the Corrine Fire under control.

Two Detained in Mercado Fire in Rancho San Diego

A man and a woman have been detained in connection with the 10-acre vegetation fire that forced evacuations and a major traffic jam Friday afternoon, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department

Focus on the Fireground: Ventilation-Controlled Fires

To what extent has your department embraced the research on fire dynamics conducted by NIST, UL, and the ATF? In this week's Humpday Hangout, Bill Gustin, Mike Dugan, and their guests discuss fire science findings.

6-Alarm Fire Spreads to 20 Hamilton (NJ) Row Homes

Firefighters responded Monday afternoon to a six-alarm fire that damaged 20 homes in Hamilton Township, New Jersey.

Van Hits Virginia Beach (VA) Fast-Food Restaurant, Starts Fire

A van struck a a McDonald's drive-through and sparked a fire Friday morning in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Escambia County (FL) Firefighters Control Dwelling Fire

Escambia County (FL) Fire Rescue responded to a reported house fire on the afternoon of June 2, 2015.

FE Talk Archive: SLICERS and DICERS

Bobby Halton talks with Eddie Buchanan and Ray McCormack.

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