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: 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.  

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.

FE Talk Archive: SLICERS and DICERS

Bobby Halton talks with Eddie Buchanan and Ray McCormack.

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Live from the UL Attic Burns


Exterior Attack: When to Use It

Dan Madrzykowski of NIST recently shared the following information on one fire department's experience fighting an attached garage fire.

Paterson (NJ) Firefighters Battle Two Major Fires

More than 100 firefighters battle two significant overnight fires in the city of Paterson, New Jersey.

Closed Door Helps Limit Fire Spread in Pittsburgh Fire

One firefighter was injured in an overnight fire in a duplex in the South Side Slopes section of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Lexington (KY) Firefighters Injured in Dynamic Fire Event

Three Lexington (KY) firefighters were reportedly injured in a dynamic fire event this afternoon on the fireground.

Humpday Hangout: Smoke Curtains, Ventilation, and High-Rise Firefighting

In this week's Humpday Hangout, Fire Engineering Editor in Chief Bobby Halton and FireRescue Editor in Chief Erich Roden talk to Frank Ricci, P.J. Norwood, and Justin McCarthy.

NIST Video Examines Fire Dynamics in Chicago Line-of-Duty Death

A video from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) examines the fire dynamics involved in a fire that killed a Chicago (IL) firefighter in 2012

What Would You Do? Nursing Home Fire

Skip Coleman presents a new firefighter training scenario for a fire in in an older nursing home.

In Case You Missed It: November 2014 Fire Engineering Features

With no sign of the conversation on fire dynamics research abating anytime soon, this month's lineup of Fire Engineering Web features naturally had a few pieces on fire research.

Four-Alarm Fire Guts Brooklyn Row Houses

The FDNY battled a four-alarm fire at a multi-family home in Brooklyn Saturday afternoon.

Dynamic Fire Event Burns Phoenix Firefighters

Two Phoenix (AZ) firefighters were burned, one badly, while conducting interior operations at a house fire Glendale Wednesday evening, according to a news report.

What Would You Do? Fire in an Old Auto Repair Garage

Skip Coleman provides a new training scenario on response to a fire in an older ordinary constructed auto repair garage.

Humpday Hangout: UL and NIST on Fire Research

In today's Humpday Hangout, Fire Engineering Editor in Chief Bobby Halton and FireRescue Editor in Chief Erich Roden talk to Steve Kerber of UL and Dan Madrzykowski of NIST about fire research and fire dynamics.

Four Injured in Oak Park (IL) Explosions, Fire

Four people were injured yesterday in explosions and a fire that went to three alarms in the village of Oak Park, Illinois, which is located on the western edge of Chicago.

West Chicago (IL) Fire Crews Deal with Fire Spread at Dwelling Fire

John Tulipano has a report on West Chicago (IL) Fire Protection District firefighters responding to a dwelling fire and photos from the scene.

Fire Blog Roundup: Door Control, Balloon Frame Construction, and More

Among other subjects, our bloggers tackled door control and fire spread in balloon frame construction.