Understanding & Fighting Basement Fires

This course was developed to teach firefighters and officers about the research results that were obtained from the 2016-2017 Basement Fire Tactics Research Panel in partnership with ISFSI, UL FSRI and the Delaware Co. PA Fire Academy. The Basement Fire Tactics Research Panel looked at numerous types of tactics and basement fires for the most effective and efficient attack methods.


The development of this program included several experiments in a single family home with a basement test structure using a variety of tactical approaches to gain knowledge on best practices in size-up, ventilation control, suppression, and structural assessment with the tactical use of thermal imagers, exterior hose streams, penetrating nozzles, cellar pipes, and PPV fans. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the history of modern fire attack and tactics.
  • Understand current knowledge vs. beliefs of the most recent UL/NIST findings from the basement fire tactics research panel
  • Understand basement fire LODDs and why this research is important.

Program Delivery Options:

  • 8-hour Classroom Course
  • 8-hour Hands-on-Training
    • pending launch first quarter 2020
  • Online Course 
    • pending launch second quarter 2020

Understanding & Fighting Basement Fires Research Report

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Funded By:
Assistance to Firefighter Grants

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In Partnership With:
UL - FSRI


Lieutenant Matt LeTourneau, Philadelphia FD,  passed away on Saturday, January 6, 2018 in a tragic LODD after succumbing to his injuries suffered from a structural collapse while fighting a rowhouse fire.

Matt was an essential part of the research team and also a contributor to the Tech Panel of the ISFSI Basement Fire Research and Curriculum.   In honor of his contributions, the ISFSI Understanding and Researching Basement Fires project will be dedicated to his name. 

Understanding Basement Fires

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