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.



Ocala Firefighters Resourcefulness Aides in Construction Site Rescue

Ocala Fire Rescue personnel responded to reports of a fall, at approximately 9:42 A.M., in a structure under construction at Ocala Regional Medical Center.

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.

Construction Concerns: Roofing Materials Tests

In his new Construction Concerns, Gregory Havel discusses the ins and outs of roofing materials that firefighters may encounter.  

FE Talk Archive: SLICERS and DICERS

Bobby Halton talks with Eddie Buchanan and Ray McCormack.

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No One Is Reinventing the Fire Service

Brian P. Kazmierzak asks: Why are we afraid of the science? In this commentary, Kazmierzak offers his take on the war of words being waged in social media regarding modern fire science and its adherents.

Crews Face Heavy Fire Conditions at Mt. Vernon (NY) Fire

ATF Interviews Firefighters About Fatal Georgia Fire

Two weeks after Macon-Bibb County fire Lt. Randy Parker perished in a house fire, the firefighters battling the fire with him are sharing their stories of that night

Humpday Hangout: Survivability, Ventilation, and Fire Science

On today's Humpday Hangout, hosts Frank Ricci and P.J. Norwood along with Fire Engineering Editor in Chief Bobby Halton talk to Stephen Marsar.

Fire Dynamics: It's Greek to Me: the Language of Modern Fire Protection

Glenn P. Corbett-Significant advances in fire behavior/dynamics study include computer modeling of fires and technical firefighting research. Is your basic glossary of terms up to date so you can keep up with these advances?

Crews Battle Frigid Temps, Rapid Fire Spread at Pennsylvania Fire

Firefighters battled a house fire in Highland Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania, on February 19, 2015 amid single digit temperatures, high winds, and well below zero wind chill.

What Would You Do? Cold Storage Facility Fire

This fire occurs in a cold storage facility. It is concrete construction. Interior individual storage compartments are cork-lined for insulation. Try a new fire scenario from Skip Coleman.

NIST Modeling Reveals Dynamics of San Francisco Fire That Killed Firefighters

A new computer-based fire-dynamics study by researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has helped to clarify the circumstances and violent fire behavior of a lethal 2011 blaze in a San Francisco hillside home. The fire in the multi-story, single-family dwelling claimed the lives of two firefighters.

Glenn Corbett on Huge Edgewater (NJ) Fire

Fire Engineering Technical Editor Glenn Corbett recently wrote an editorial on the massive fire that destroyed the Avalon at Edgewater apartment complex in New Jersey.

What Would You Do? Occupied Storefront

This fire occurs in a three-story storefront. It has many apartments on the upper two floors. Try a new fire scenario from Skip Coleman.

Video: Bill Gustin on Hoseline Operations in Multiple Dwellings

In this training video, Miami-Dade (FL) Captain Bill Gustin discusses hoseline operations for multiple dwellings.

Electrical Fire Ignited Christmas Tree in Fatal Maryland Mansion Fire

An electrical fire that spread to a 15-foot Christmas tree prompted a blaze that reduced a 16,000-square-foot riverfront mansion near Maryland's capital to ruins, killing a couple and four of their young grandchildren

Coordinated ventilation has a role

NIST has provided us with critical information that has proven what many have already applied for years: Put water on the fire.

Jack Murphy Discusses Huge Edgewater (NJ) Fire

Fire Engineering board member and John Jay professor Jack Murphy was on WABC to discuss the recent huge fire at an apartment complex in Edgewater, New Jersey.

Fire Blog Roundup: Target Flows and How Firefighters Interact

Two more writers joined our featured bloggers this week. Bath Township (OH) Fire Chief Joseph Kitchen commented on how firefighters treat one another in "Just Be Nice," while Don Chambers of Fit 4 Fire discussed the need to have target flows.