Training Fire Exposures From The Source: Developing a Risk-Benefit Framework

Training Fire Exposures From The Source: Developing a Risk-Benefit Framework

Examining training fire environments to provide fact-based guidance for future training fuel and prop selection.
Training Fire Exposures From The Source: Developing a Risk-Benefit Framework

Overview

Training Fire Exposures from the Source: Developing a Risk-Benefit Framework (Training Fuels Framework) is a DHS/FEMA AFG supported project that examines the risks and benefits of live-fire training environments with the goal of reducing firefighter fatalities and injuries. To accomplish this task, UL’s Fire Safety Research Institute (FSRI) quantifies chemical and thermal exposure risks from common training fuels, tests potential controls to reduce risk and characterizes fire dynamics and firefighting tactics-based learning objectives generated by these environments. This research provides fact based guidance on training fuel and training environment selection that can be made at fire training academies across the country.

This study specifically examines the effectiveness of high-level training control measures and the tradeoffs between risks and benefits of using different fuels and props.

Context

This research equips the fire service to make informed decisions about training fuel selection and prop type/operation to balance contamination control with high quality training, which provides an immediate, actionable outcome for the fire service to implement. 

Objectives

To improve the effectiveness and safety of firefighters and fire instructors by providing data, information, and training materials that can be used in firefighter training standards, policies and procedures.

Technical Panel

Partial group photo from Delaware County Emergency Services Training Center during the June 2021 experiments.
Partial group photo from Delaware County Emergency Services Training Center during the June 2021 experiments.

 

Name Department
David Bullard Columbia County Fire Rescue
John Culbertson Montana State University Fire Service Training School
Kenny Fent National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Jason Ghorbani Los Angeles County Fire Department
Alan Joos Nebraska State Fire Training
Gordon Lohmeyer Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX)
Rich Marinucci White Lake Township Fire Department
Pat Marlatt Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute
Ron McGraw International Association of Fire Fighters
Kevin Milan South Metro Fire Rescue
David Rhodes Atlanta Fire-Rescue (ret.)
Ken Richards Old Mystic Fire Department
Frank Rosciano Fire Department of New York (FDNY)
Steve Shaffer Boston Fire Department
Dan Shaw Fairfax County Fire Rescue
Tom Shubert Illinois Fire Service Institute
Joanne Rice Gainesville Fire Rescue
Mike Tucker Florida State Fire College

 

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