Fire Behavior


Earlier this year, the Los Angeles County Fire Department purchased state of the art, “Live Fire Training” containers and installed them at the East County Training Center newly designated “Fire City”. The Training Services Section is currently developing an In-Service Structural Firefighting training program in hopes of rolling it out to our field personnel in early 2014. The training will include a review of fire behavior basics and the new elements of the latest firefighting tactics in a practical, hands-on live fire training environment. With the new containers, key concepts such as door control and coordinated fire attack can be practiced in real time on a controlled live fire training exercise. The planned training is an essential manipulative complement to the extensive Blackboard training that LACoFD Firefighters have completed so far this year. Much like the highly successful Spring Drills for our Wildland Firefighter training, the hope is to rotate as many fire companies as possible through this new Structural Firefighter curriculum. The training reflects the Department’s commitment to high-quality training with an emphasis on the manipulative and hand’s-on components our firefighters need in order to provide the life safety services for which they are renowned. Check out a preview of the training, as actual field units rotate through “Fire City” to help TSS and the Fire Behavior Cadre create the most effective training possible for LA County’s firefighters.


UL FSRI is proud to announce the release of “Effectiveness of Fire Service Vertical Ventilation and Suppression Tactics in Single Family Homes” – an online course that serves as a culmination of the work performed under the 2010 Department of Homeland Security Assistance to Firefighter Grant Program. The interactive training walks learners through the research approach, experimental setup, test results, and tactical considerations derived from the test results.

UL FSRI Director Steve Kerber shared, “This training program presents the most up to date fire dynamics research in a way firefighters at all levels can comprehend. It is more interactive and flexible than ever providing a path through the course for a company drill or for the firefighter or instructors who want to dive into the material and form their own tactical considerations.”

To find out more about this unique educational opportunity click here

UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute

UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute Launches Vertical Ventilation and Suppression Online Training


Here is a short video from the 102nd St. Burns yesterday. It is some great fire behavior. It shows how fast rollover and potential flashover can occur when no water is being put on the fire. It also shows how little water firefighters need to cool the upper atmosphere. “
Firefighter Chad Christensen, LACoFD Fire Behavior Cadre.

Reading Smoke

All personnel arriving on scene have responsibility to size-up the building. This includes reading smoke to determine what’s burning, where it’s burning, how long it’s been burning, and how hot it is burning. Reading smoke is an important sign in keeping firefighters safe as we make entry into a structure.
Fire fighters must examine the smoke carefully. The decision to enter or exit the structure, is based in part on these characteristics of smoke: volume, velocity, density and color.


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