Part 1 of 7: (Intro) NIST & UL Research on Fire Behavior & Fireground Tactics





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Published on Mar 13, 2014

Part 1: Introduction by Derek Alkonis, Battalion Chief at Los Angeles County Fire Department on NIST and UL Fire Behavior Research.

Original video aired on IAFFTV at http://youtu.be/TNI001YYYD4
Reproduction and annotation of this video with permission from the instructors and copyright holders. Video lecture synchronized with powerpoint presentation.

Part 1: (currently watching)
Part 2: Fire Environment
Part 3: Fire Dynamics
Part 4: Case Studies
Part 5: Fire Behavior Training
Part 6: Live Fire Experiments
Part 7: Organizational Change

Derek Alkonis - BC LACoFD
Stephen Kerber, P.E. at UL
Daniel Madrzykowski, P.E. at NIST

Over the past several years, the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) and Underwriters Laboratories (UL) have been working together with the fire service to examine fire dynamics and fire fighting tactics. More than a hundred experiments have examined the changes in the fire environment over time, impact of ventilating ventilation limited fires, implications of flow control and effectiveness in suppression tactics. These experiments were conducted with fire fighters from across the country from departments of different types, with varying levels of staffing, resources and operating procedures. The NIST and UL studies have produced tactical considerations that have become common themes over several studies which may change the way you view your standard operating guidelines.


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