Study of the Effectiveness of Fire Service Positive Pressure Ventilation During Fire Attack in Single Family Homes Incorporating Modern Building Construction

Report Date: April 2016

Underwriter Laboratories (UL) Firefighter Safety Research Institute completed a series of experiments to evaluate positive pressure ventilation (PPV) during fire attack and to provide the fire service with scientific knowledge of the effects of PPV tactics. The series of experiments included 25 full scale tests.

The result of this work is a free, interactive on-line training course from UL that can be accessed here. The course includes videos, data, and interactive examples to present the results of the fire research as well as tactical considerations to firefighters of all levels. For those wishing to delve deeper, below is a link to download the detailed report and data.

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  • UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute

    UL’s Firefighter Safety Research Institute is dedicated to increasing firefighter knowledge to reduce injuries and deaths in the fire service and in the communities they serve. With a team of experts and access to UL’s leading infrastructure, equipment and vast knowledge and insights, FSRI conducts and disseminates cutting-edge research and training programs that focus on the changing dynamics of residential, commercial and industrial fires, and the impact they have on fire service tactics and strategies.

Zevotek, Robin and Stephen Kerber. Study of the Effectiveness of Fire Service Positive Pressure Ventilation During Fire Attack in Single Family Homes Incorporating Modern Building Construction. Northbrook, IL: Underwriters Laboratories, Inc, 2016.

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