Green Maltese makes a visit to UL

I am very excited to post about my recent visit to observe a day oftest burnsthat are a part of the Vertical Ventilation study being conducted by UL.

I want to first say a special thanks to Steve Kerber, Christopher Hasbrook,Bob Backstrom and Chief PeterVan Dorpefor allowing me to experience so many wonderful things they do to make the fire service safer.

This post is only to share my experience with you. It is not meant to bea reportbecause it was only one day of many tests that UL are conducting to produce thereport on Impact of Vertical Ventilation for the fire service.

United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Assistance to Firefighter Grant Program funded Underwriters Laboratories to conduct these test to examine fire service ventilation practices as well as the impact of changes in modern house geometries.

There has been a steady change in the residential fire environment over the past several decades. These changes include larger homes, more open floor plans and volumes and increased synthetic fuel loads. This series of experiments examine this change in fire behavior and the impact on firefighter ventilation tactics.

Test 1: on 2/7/2012

Was conducted in single story legacy ranch home. The fire was started in a coffee pot and then got into cabinets and was allowed to flashover.The door was thenopenedand after few minutes water was applied from straight stream atthe door for 10 seconds and with fog nozzle. The purpose of water application was to see if a post flashover firecould be pushed out of kitchen down hallway. NO Fire was pushed in this test however there has been 7 test before and still one more to go. All the data will have to be analyzed before this can be confirmed.

Other things tested was5 different smoke detectors, visibility on exit lights in smoke andthey also examined activation time versus time needed to evacuate determined by temperature, gas concentration and smoke obscuration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Test 2 on 2/7/2012

Two story modern home with open concept design. This fire was started in a trash can in upstairs bedroom and allowed to grow (it did not flashover due to the lack of oxygen) then the bedroomwindow was taken and it transitioned to flashover and later the front door was opened. The open door allowed for a flow up through the foyer to the bedroom window which intensified the fire and allowed it to burn at the door to the room and the window of the room, resulting in a higher heat release. The vertical ventilation hatch was opened and this seemed to localize the fire butUL willhave to examine the data and videos beforethey canconclude anything. This test was a good example of multiple types of ventilation being coordinated and the hose stream application from the outside quickly knocked the fire.

 

 

 

 

 

My videos:

Note my videos are amateur and shot on just a 35 mm camera so excuse my shaking hand LOL

 

Bob Backstrom teaching NIPSTA recruits

Test 2 videos

My pictures:

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/media/set/?set=a.2678019589373.2115100.1222742202&type=1

 

Once again this postis only aboutmy experience on 2/7/2012 which is only part of the study that is being conducted. So I am looking forward to Steve Kerber and his group to releasing the full report.

 

Stay Safe

Lt. John Shafer

 

 

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John Shafer

An 18 year veteran of  the fire service, and currently a Lieutenant and the Training Officer for the Greencastle Fire Department.  An Indiana regionally recognized instructor on building construction, fireground search and command management, he has traveled throughout the State of Indiana delivering specialized training programs on building construction, fireground search and firefighter safety.

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John Crabbe
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I read the article and much is true, but where I find some issue is where the author digresses into the flow path aspect. I find that it is important to note that while smoke did fill the floor, the fire itself was located in an area with no windows, a single door (which FF…
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I you have questions you can email me at greenmaltese@gmail.com Thanks John Shafer
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sandeep
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i am doing bachelors degree in bulding technologies in final year currently iam doing my project "fire fighting systems for green buildings" so i need your valuble guidence and references.iam very thankful to you if you can do....
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Shan Raffel
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Nicely analysed John. Notice at 3.02 that the flame issuing from the front windows was right down to the bottom of the opening indicating that these were all functioning as exhaust outlets. Which means that there must be other openings that are serving as the inlets on side B,C,D. The front door showed a bi-directional…
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