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First Edition of NFPA 1700, Guide for Structural Fire Fighting Connects Fire Dynamics Research to Practice

October 29, 2020

Free Access now available to view the first edition of NFPA 1700, Guide for Structural Fire Fighting.

The NFPA 1700, Guide for Structural Fire Fighting is the first NFPA document connecting fire dynamics research and its application to strategy, tactics, and best practices for firefighters in controlling fires within a structure.

The first edition was prepared by the Technical Committee on Fundamentals of Fire Control Within a Structure Utilizing Fire Dynamics and acted on by the NFPA membership during the 2020 NFPA Technical Meeting.

Since 2015, members of UL's Fire Safety Research Institute (FSRI) team, Advisory Board, and Technical Panels have been part of this committee that has been responsible for documents relating to techniques and methods used in firefighting based on accepted scientific principles and research in the field of fire dynamics. We are honored to conduct our research alongside fire service leaders who are helping the results reach the streets around the world.

Members represented on the committee include:

  • Steve Kerber, FSRI
  • Dan Madrzykowski, FSRI
  • Gavin Horn, FSRI (previously of IFSI Research)
  • Jim Golondzinier, Los Angeles County Fire Department (CA), Positive Pressure Ventilation Tech Panel
  • Sean Gray, Cobb County Fire & Emergency Services (GA), Advisory Board
  • Brad French, Dayton Fire Department (OH), Coordinated Fire Attack Tech Panel
  • Jens Stiegel, Frankfurt Fire Department (Germany), Advisory Board
  • Nick Ledin, Eau Claire Fire Rescue (WI), Public Safety Education Advisory Board
  • Sean DeCrane, UL (OH), Advisory Board
  • George Healy, FDNY (NY), Advisory Board

An on-line interactive training course to support the implementation of NFPA 1700 into department SOGs/SOPs is currently under development. This project is led by the Fire Protection Research Foundation (FPRF) with collaborative support from others including FSRI and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and funded by Department of Homeland Security/FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency Assistance to Firefighters Grant.

We look forward to seeing the impact that connecting research to practice will have on firefighter safety and how departments will integrate this guide into their SOGs/SOPs.