With the funding from Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program, NYU Fire Research Group has partnered with Fire Department of New York, Chicago Fire Department, Los Angeles County Fire Department, Houston Fire Department, and Bloomington (Minnesota) Fire Department, as well as experts from the Underwriters Laboratory (UL) to develop a new web-based training to educate firefighters about the risks and hazards in different types of residential fires, and safer alternative tactical considerations. Additionally, the NYU researchers have also collaborated with the subject matter experts (SMEs) from Skidmore College and the Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI) to develop interactive module to train firefighters in the physiological impacts of firefighting, with a focus on improving understanding of tools and techniques that are effective in reducing cardiovascular strain and enhancing overall health.
This training modules will be created using a training tool called ALIVE (Advanced Learning through Interactive Visual Environments) developed by NYU researchers through an AFG funded research study in collaboration with fire departments from New York, Chicago, and Bloomington (MN). The group has already launched three modules: a) Wind-driven high-rise fires b) Fires in lightweight residential construction c) Fire dynamics. In last few years, these modules have been used more than 50,000 firefighters from all fifty states. The new modules are expected to be released by 2017. Fire departments interested in using current ALIVE training module may contact the NYU Fire Research Group at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that this is a free research-based training for all firefighters and fire departments. More information is available at http://engineering.nyu.edu/fire.