Illinois Fire Service Institute


NFA Fire Behavior in a Single-Family Residence : 12-16 Hours

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Course Description

This 2-day course uses results from laboratory controlled test fires of commonly found items in simulated single-family occupancies to provide students with pragmatic cognitive and analytical skills from understanding fire behavior. Through scientific and engineering studies, observation and analysis of videotaped test fires, and burn data, participants will learn the value, application, and limitations of fire testing and test methods, instruments and equipment. The course presents scenarios and case studies to enable students to assess and devise fire protection strategies, based on their ability to apply data from test fires. Participants will learn the burn characteristics of individual items commonly found in single-family residences, as well as individual rooms--based on specific variables, such as fire detection and fire protection equipment (smoke detectors, CO detectors, and sprinklers) and room size and layout (ceiling height and windows). Analysis and discussion of test results will enable participants to evaluate and interpret those results and develop safe, effective fire protection strategies. This course is not a fire operations strategy or tactics course, but explains the science and engineering of fire behavior.

This course is part of the following Program

  • nfa-direct delivery


There are no prerequisites to taking this course

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11 Gerty Dr.
Champaign, IL 61820
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Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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