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Final Series of Attic Fire Experiments Complete

July 11, 2014
Attic Fire Experiments

A special thanks to the Milwaukee Fire Department, Milwaukee Fire Bell Club and all the support we received the past two weeks. The final series of field experiments that are part of the Study of Residential Attic Fire Mitigation Tactics and Exterior Fire Spread Hazards on Fire Fighter Safety wrapped up yesterday (7/9/14) and the Fire Safety Research Institute (FSRI), part of UL Research Institutes crew returned to UL’s Northbrook Headquarters to start the process of reviewing the data.

Attic Fire Experiments 2

Three structures were used to expand on the various attic fire tactics first tested in our laboratory (Laboratory Tests). Interior operations were simulated using monitors with nozzles located within the structure while exterior operations were conducted by FSRI staff with assistance from the Milwaukee fire department. Tactics tested include “Eave Attack”, flowing from the landing into the attic space, flowing through the knee wall, transitional attack and flowing into the attic from a large hole.

Check out our Facebook from some still images from the tests. (Images)

Various news organizations covered the two weeks of testing:!7MGge

The final technical panel meeting to develop tactical considerations for fire department operations is scheduled for July 24th at UL’s Northbrook Campus. In addition, the creation of the online training course for this grant has commenced with a completion goal of December 2014.


Residential Attic Fire Mitigation Tactics and Exterior Fire Spread Hazards on Firefighter Safety