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More Effective Tactics course launched based on Governors Island tests by FDNY
Published:  19 May, 2014

UL Firefighter Safety Research (FSRI) Institute has announced the release of More Effective Tactics – a free online course that is the culmination of the full-scale field experiments performed on Governors Island by the Fire Department of New York, NIST and UL.

The interactive training takes students through a research timeline of the previous fire dynamics research conducted by NIST and UL, and includes all the details that went into the tests as well as considerations derived from the test results. This course brings science to the streets by examining two main groups of tactical considerations. The first group looks at the impact of controlling ventilation and flow paths. The second explores the use of exterior fire attack as a means to rapidly reduce the fire hazard inside the structure in order to facilitate interior fire operations. Fires were conducted within numerous three-story residential row houses with ignition occurring in the basement, in the first floor living room and in a second floor bedroom.


UL FSRI Director Steve Kerber commented: ‘This training program presents the most up-to-date fire dynamics research in a way firefighters at all levels can comprehend. It builds on all of the UL and NIST firefighter research to date and provides students with the science they need to examine their tactical approaches. Tactical considerations are presented with video and data in a way that is easy to understand.For the firefighters out there that want all the details, buttons allow access to all of the data graphs, experimental video and relevant FDNY procedures.’

An initial interactive research timeline provides links to more than 15 years' worth of previous UL and NIST research that led to this series of experiments. This is followed by basic fire dynamics concepts that are introduced and linked to tactical considerations that enable the students to re-examine their current operating procedures. Finally, students have the opportunity to use interactive examples to develop an in-depth understanding of the impact of ventilation and water application on fire dynamics.