Firefighting, Structural Firefighting

Coordinating Ventilation with Suppression

Issue 5 and Volume 172.

By Frank Leeb Over the past few years, the fire service has experienced changes that have collectively altered the fireground. In the modern fire environment, accelerated fire growth and ventilation-limited fires are more common because of building construction (energy-efficient windows, additional insulation) and modern building contents (made of hydrocarbons and synthetics). Additionally, research such as the Fire Department of New York’s (FDNY’s) Governors Island full-scale field experiments, conducted in collaboration with Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), has highlighted the changing fire dynamics and the potential adverse effects of premature or uncoordinated ventilation with suppression. As a result, firefighters have a greater awareness, and education in fire dynamics and tactics has been adjusted. RELATED Limiting Fire Damage Through Coordinated Ventilation German House Fire: Using Different Ventilation Profiles, Part 1 German House Fire: Using Different Ventilation Profiles, Part 2 For the FDNY, June 1, 2018,…

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