In Episode 11, check out UL FSRI’s Robin Zevotek as he explains the importance of getting water in the eaves during an attic fire:
Attic fires present many challenges such as: limited access, lots of fuel, and a high probability of ventilation-limited conditions.
The “Eave Attack” is a tactic which involves using the openings created by the natural ventilation points in the attic. Getting water in the eaves has shown to be an effective tactic to apply water to the surface of the majority of the fuel in an attic space. Wetting/cooling the surface of the fuel is essential for fire control.
Check out our project page for reports/online training 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.