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IAFC Launches New Fire Dynamics Training Module

Learn more about the hazards of wind-driven fires

Fairfax, Va. – The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and the Firefighter Safety Through Advanced Research (FSTAR) has launched new web-based training course focused on fire dynamics. The 1.5-hour course, Increased Thermal Hazards in Wind-Driven Fires, is free and available via the IAFC Learning Academy. 

Using the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) research study One-Story Ranch Wind-Driven Fire April 12, 2009 Houston, Texas (Houston Fire Department), students will learn about research-based tactics and principles including flow path, size-up, and thermal hazards associated with structure fires. Students will also learn about the effects of wind on flow path and how wind affects the development of an Incident Action Plan (IAP). Additional course materials, website links and supplemental videos can be found in the course resources section. A certificate of completion is available upon completion of the training course.  

The new course provides vital information for firefighters based on the research of fire dynamics. FSTAR worked directly with researchers and fire service experts to create this training. FSTAR is funded by a FEMA/Assistance to Firefighters Grant/Fire Prevention and Safety grant award. Visit www.fstaresearch.org to learn more about FSTAR’s effort to promote research within the fire service.

Registration Instructions
If you already have an IAFC Academy/Helix account, skip step #1.

  1. Go to www.iafcacademy.org to create an IAFC Academy/Helix account. Helix will send a validation link to your email account
  2. Login to Helix
  3. Click this link Increased Thermal Hazards in Wind-Driven Fires. If link fails follow step #4
  4. Go to Helix Home. Under "IAFC Academy Featured Courses" click on Increased Thermal Hazards in Wind-Driven Fires.
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