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In 2008, the Polytechnic Institute of New York University, in collaboration with the Fire Department of New York City (FDNY) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), conducted a study of wind-driven fire dynamics in high-rise structures through an AFG (Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program) funded fire research grant. The objective of this study was to improve the safety of firefighters and building occupants by developing a better understanding of wind-driven fires and wind-driven firefighting tactics, including structural ventilation and suppression. A series of 14 experiments were conducted to evaluate the ability of positive pressure ventilation fans (PPV), wind control devices (WCD), and exterior water application via floor below nozzles (FBN), also known as high rise nozzles (HRN), to mitigate the hazards of a wind-driven fire in a structure. The results of the burn experiments were also validated by scientific simulation techniques. Many representatives from major fire departments across North America witnessed the results of this week-long series of burn experiments. Many newspapers and TV channels recorded, manifested, and published the event. Learning from the research, FDNY modified its operating procedures, trained its 11,000+ firefighters, and implemented the new firefighting procedures in several wind-driven fires in NYC.