UNDERSTANDING THE IGNITION, GROWTH AND SPREAD OF FIRES

Years of fire testing and the production of codes and standards have influenced building design and construction. Are we safer as a result? The answer is “yes,” but we all know that fires and explosions still occur, sometimes catastrophic, sometimes tragic. History keeps handing out new lessons.

Knowledge of codes and standards provides a means for assessing the cause of a fire or explosion and the effectiveness of fire protection measures that did or did not exist at the time of the incident. There is a particular obligation here to “get it right,” knowing that identifying root cause represents an opportunity to prevent a fire or explosion in the future.

Technology

  • Combustion
  • Flammability
  • Chemistry
  • Heat Transfer
  • Thermodynamics
  • Alarm Systems
  • Accelerant Analysis
  • Codes and Standards Interpretation
  • Construction Techniques

Applied to:

  • Fire/Explosion Origin and Cause
    • Vehicles
    • Buildings
    • Industrial Facilities, Systems and Processes
    • Pipelines
  • Site Documentation
  • Post-Fire Damage Assessment