Many firefighters have been injured or have died while trying to extinguish a basement fire or a fire on a level below them. Below grade fires can present different challenges based on the potential ventilation or the building construction. During the past year, field experience was collected and reviewed, and fire experiments were conducted as part of a collaborative effort between the UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute (FSRI) and the International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI) to increase the effectiveness of fighting a basement fire and to reduce the high risk to firefighters through the “Understanding and Fighting Basement Fires” research project.
Thank you to the FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency/ Department of Homeland Security Assistance to Firefighters Grant that funded this pivotal study.
The following video features DCFD Retired LT Joseph Morgan. Joe was badly burned in the Cherry Road fire that took the lives of 2 of his colleagues. The incident on Cherry Road was a catalyst to better understand fire dynamics in structures, a mission that continues today.
This video is part of the 8 hour ISFSI course Understanding and Fighting Basement Fires.
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