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UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute (FSRI) advances fire research knowledge and develops cutting edge, practical fire service education aimed at helping firefighters stay safe while more effectively protecting people and property. Working in partnership with the fire service, research departments, and agencies, UL FSRI executes firefighter research and makes the results widely available to the global fire community. With a team of pioneering experts and access to UL’s leading infrastructure, equipment, and vast knowledge and insights, UL FSRI conducts and disseminates research and training programs focused on the changing dynamics of residential, commercial, and industrial fires and the impact they have on strategies and tactics throughout the fire service.

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Educational Materials

New FSRI Online Training Prepares Firefighters to Participate in Live Fire Training

Feb. 13, 2024
Sharing content on fire dynamics, firefighting tactics, and firefighter health and safety for more effective decisions on the training ground.
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Operations & Training

FSRI Expands Pioneering Online Learning Platform

Jan. 24, 2024
Online learning management system upgraded with new functionality and user experience for firefighter students and training officers, transforming online learning.
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Operations & Training

FSRI Offers New Online Training Course

Oct. 27, 2023
“Training Fire Exposures: A Risk-Benefit Framework" provides the framework to help reduce firefighter fatalities and injuries on the training ground.
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Operations & Training

New FSRI Online Training Provides Evidence-Based Recommendations from Garden Apartment Near-Miss Incident

Aug. 22, 2023
The training shares first-hand survival stories and research to increase firefighter situational awareness and enhance fireground decision making.
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Operations & Training

FSRI Announces New Online Training for Firefighters Conducting Search and Rescue Tactics

May 16, 2023
Integrate FSRI research to minimize occupant and firefighter exposures during search and rescue operations in single-family, single-story residential structures.
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Careers & Education

FSRI Releases New Near-Miss Online Training Course

Feb. 27, 2023
LaGrange, GA, Fire Department partners with FSRI to share their survival story and research-based recommendations to increase fire service situational awareness.
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Educational Materials

New FSRI Online Training Addresses Hazards from Lithium-Ion Batteries

Jan. 19, 2023
“The Science of Fire and Explosion Hazards from Lithium-ion Batteries” course provides actionable insights from the foundational research conducted to date.
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PPE

New FSRI Peer-Reviewed Article Published

Jan. 11, 2023
The journal article reports on a novel assessment of PPE innovations and dermal chemical exposures of firefighters.
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New FSRI Online Training Course: PPE: Limitations and Factors that Impact Performance

Dec. 21, 2022
The course is designed to to increase awareness of protective characteristics of PPE and potential impacts of cleaning and doffing practices.
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Careers & Education

ISFSI Partners with FSRI to Release New Online Course

Evidence-based structural firefighting course aims to improve informed decision-making on the fireground.

Articles & News

Photos by Harry Loud
When Wantagh, NY, Fire Department Assistant Chief Leonard Mathewson arrived at the address of a reported house fire, flames were extending out of the garage on the A/D corner of a residence. Mathewson requested a working fire be transmitted. Engine 2 was the first engine on scene. The crew hooked up to a hydrant that was in front of the house. The automobile and the garage at the house were on fire.
Operations & Training

Close Calls: Smoke Explosion at a Single-Family Dwelling Fire

Aug. 7, 2023
Billy Goldfeder shares multiple key items from a dwelling smoke explosion that all members should know.
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Operations & Training

Research Corner: Electric Scooter Battery Thermal Runaway & Fire Growth Acceleration

Aug. 7, 2023
Craig Weinschenk's description of FSRI's thermal runaway experiments with e-scooter lithium-ion batteries provides explanation for why the fires that can erupt from them often...
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Careers & Education

For the Record 1/22

Jan. 17, 2022
President Joe Biden signed into law the Protecting America’s First Responders Act.
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Fire Chief Michael Stanley (center) was presented with the Firefighter Hero Award by Oshkosh City Manager Mark Rohloff, and Jennifer Skolaski, who consulted with Chief Stanley on a falls prevention initiative and who nominated him for the award.
Careers & Education

For the Record 12/20

Dec. 1, 2020
Chief Michael Stanley of the City of Oshkosh, WI, Fire Department received the Firefighter Hero Award from the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and MAGLITE.
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Safety & Health

Coordinated Fire Attack

Oct. 1, 2020
UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute (FSRI) publishes results of a multi-year project designed to increase the understanding of suppression and ventilation tactics to improve...

Videos & Resources

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FSRI: Where Science Meets The Street

July 14, 2021
This documentary shares the history of FSRI from the origin of UL's fire research efforts to a growing team that is continually expanding to address unresolved fire safety risks...

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Structures

FSRI Releases Reports on Search & Rescue Tactics

May 17, 2022
Research-based considerations aim to increase firefighter efficiency and effectiveness during pre/during/post-suppression rescue tactics
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Ventilation

New FSRI Online Training Addresses Coordination

May 4, 2022
Research-based considerations aim to increase firefighter knowledge of the importance of coordination of suppression and ventilation during fires in single-family homes.
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Safety & Health

Journal Article Compares Blood Clotting Potential in Male vs. Female Subjects Following Firefighting Activities

March 8, 2022
The study was led by FSRI Advisory Board Member Dr. Denise Smith and conducted at Illinois Fire Service Institute with Skidmore College and the University of Illinois-Chicago....
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Props & Simulators

UL’s FSRI Releases New Hose Stream Prop and Hands-On Training Toolkit

Feb. 5, 2022
UL FSRI released a Hose Stream Prop toolkit with all the information needed to build and utilize for realistic firefighter training at your station.
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Operations & Training

New FSRI Online Training Addresses Coordination of Suppression and Ventilation in Multi-Family Dwellings

Jan. 18, 2022
Research-based considerations aim to increase firefighter knowledge on the importance of coordination on the fireground
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Operations & Training

FSRI Releases Online Training for Lithium-Ion Battery ESSF Fires

Dec. 2, 2021
The new “Fire Service Considerations with Lithium-Ion Battery ESS” online training course was made available by UL’s Fire Safety Research Institute.
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Community Risk Reduction

FSRI Releases New Smoke Alarm PSAs Along with Survey Insights

Oct. 4, 2021
Survey shows that people underestimate the danger of a house fire and aren’t taking steps to protect themselves.
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Safety & Health

UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute Rebrands to Fire Safety Research Institute

July 29, 2021
The organization is expanding its collaborative model to engage key stakeholder groups, in addition to the fire service, to better address new and emerging fire risks.
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Ventilation

New UL FSRI Online Training Addresses Impact of Ventilation on Strip Mall Fires

July 1, 2021
Research-based considerations aim to increase firefighter knowledge on the importance of coordination on the fireground.