The UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute (FSRI) is currently conducting a series of 20 full-scale, live fire experiments as part the “Study of Fire Service Residential Home Size-Up and Search & Rescue Operations” Assistance to Firefighters Grant supported research project.
The experiments are being conducted in two, identical, purpose-built residential structures constructed at the Delaware County (PA) Emergency Services Training Center. Each structure was designed to represent an approximately 1400 sq. ft. home with four bedroom, two baths, and an open-concept kitchen and living room.
A highlight of UL FSRI’s full-scale experiments is their Visitor’s Day, where fire service professionals usually gather from across the U.S. to witness the research in person and interact with the team. Unfortunately, the global pandemic has led to a change in plans. To comply with the UL COVID-19 Safety Playbook, the UL FSRI Visitor Day will now be virtual on Saturday, November 21 via YouTube.
The live-stream on YouTube will begin at approximately 10:00am EST and will run for roughly 90 minutes. The stream will be hosted by UL FSRI Research Engineers who will take viewers on a virtual tour of the test site, experimental structure, and instrumentation. Prior to ignition there will be an on-site safety briefing. The stream will then transition to a multi-view screen showing the interior and exterior cameras during a full-scale living room experiment. The host will provide a narrative of the actions taking place and viewers will have the opportunity to ask questions via the YouTube chat box.
The schedule for the day is subject to change depending on weather conditions. If there are any connection issues with the live-stream, the recording will be available after the experiment. The link to view the experiment will be posted the day of. Follow UL FSRI on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter for updates.
To learn more about the event, click here.