This is life saving information for all fire service professionals who call themselves firefighters. This video is from the three (3) part DVD that was freely handed out by the ATF FRL booth during the FDIC 2014 conference. It is my intent to solely spread this important information for the benefit of firefighters everywhere who are hungry for information from the fire protection engineering community.
This information was provided in a pre-conference lecture at FDIC 2014. Consider attending in person next year to get your questions answered and to bring back first hand knowledge to your own department.
Fire Department Instructor’s Conference (FDIC) 2014 –
“Ventilation FLow Paths and Fire Growth: A Review of Recent LODDs”
4/7/14 – Indianapolis, ID
Adam St. John, PE
Fire Protection Engineer
Fire Research Laboratory
Bureau of ATF
“This course covers in detail several recent fire dynamics studies with a focus on the effects of ventilation. Several firefighter line-of-duty death (LODD) investigations are discussed to illustrate the cause and effect of buoyancy driven ventilation flow paths. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Fire Research Laboratory produced a fire dynamics simulator computer model of a particular LODD that occurred in January 2011 in Baltimore County, Maryland. The methodology used to create the fire model, the conclusions derived from the computer fire model and recent research on ventilation-limited fires, and the effects of fire department suppression operations will also be discussed. The presentation will conclude with a live fire tabletop model that details the fire dynamics topics discussed.”
MLA Lecture Citation:
St. John, Adam. “Ventilation FLow Paths and Fire Growth: A Review of Recent LODDs” Fire Department Instructor’s Conference 2014. Indianapolis Convention Center Room 109-110, Indianapolis. 7 April. 2013. Lecture.