In Episode 10, check out UL FSRI’s Dan Madrzykowski as he explains what “pushing fire” really means:
It has been taught that all hose streams can push fire. That is not accurate. Pressure is needed to create the push; therefore, it is stream choice and nozzle movement that impact whether or not fire can be pushed.
Additionally, there must be a flow path and oxygen available downstream of the fire in order to push fire. Effective cooling of the fire compartment always reduces the potential for moving the fire as the fire gases are cooled below the ignition temperature, contracting as they cool.
Check out our project pages/online training programs to learn more about this Tactical Consideration:
This series of videos will bring you tactical considerations from firefighter research and will feature members of the UL FSRI team and Advisory Board.
A Tactical Consideration is an evidence based concept for the fire service to consider implementing into their department to enhance efficiency, effectiveness, and increase knowledge to accomplish their mission. With all of the measurements made during UL FSRI experiments as well as the vast experience of our project technical panels, several consistent themes have emerged that may be helpful to the fire service. Each of these themes is packaged as a tactical consideration with supporting text and visuals.
The application of tactical considerations depends upon many factors such as:
- building structure and geometry
- capabilities and resources available to the first responding fire department
- availability of mutual aid
There is no silver bullet tactic for structure fires and these considerations are meant to increase the knowledge of the fire service and to be incorporated into training and procedures, if deemed applicable.