By Steve Kerber and Timothy E. Sendelbach
Published Thursday, June 6, 2013 | From the July 2013 Issue of FireRescue
Since the inception of the American fire service, firefighters throughout the country have relied on personal experience and the experience of their predecessors to guide their strategy and tactics. To the credit of many, these tactics have proven successful in controlling and mitigating the hazards of fire for more than 250 years. Yet today, firefighters from all areas of the country are being challenged by different fireground hazards—and as a result, many of these “proven” tactics are now in question.
Over the last three years, the research team at UL (guided by fire service professionals throughout the country) has conducted a series of full-scale tests to “demystify” the modern fireground.
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