Fire Department Instructor's Conference (FDIC) 2013 -
"Why Thermal Flowpaths Are Key to Successful Firefighting"
4/26/13 - Indianapolis, ID
Daniel Madrzykowski, PE
Leader, Fire Fighting Technology Group
Fire Research Division
National Institute of Standards & Technology
"If fire officers understands the flow paths within a structure, they have an effective tool for limiting the risk to firefighters and for ensuring an effective fire attack. Examining line-of-duty deaths and incidents where multiple firefighters were burned has shown the speed and the hazard of thermal flows. Several case studies showing where a change in ventilation resulted in exposing the firefighters to rapidly changing fire conditions are reviewed. Research by the National Institute of Standards and Technology in conjunction with the Fire Department of the City of New York and the Chicago (IL) Fire Department is presented. Students will see that it is important to conduct a good size-up and coordinate ventilation and suppression tactics to control thermal flows. The impact of these tactics on potential fire victims is also discussed."
-NIST Fire Fighting Technology
2. What is a Flow Path?
3. Case Studies
MLA Lecture Citation:
Madrzykowski, Daniel. "Why Thermal Flowpaths Are Key to Successful Firefighting." Fire Department Instructor's Conference 2013. Indianapolis Convention Center, Indianapolis. 26 April. 2013. Lecture.