ISFSI and FSRI Partner to Release New Evidence-Based Structural Firefighting Online Course

The International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI) and UL’s Fire Safety Research Institute (FSRI) have partnered to develop a free, comprehensive online course derived from more than a decade of firefighter safety research. The new “Evidence-Based Structural Firefighting” training course is now available online through FSRI’s Fire Safety Academy. This training addresses fire control within a structure by establishing a basic understanding of fire science and fire dynamics and highlights takeaways from NFPA 1700, Guide for Structural Firefighting. Released in 2021, this keystone document brings together the science, knowledge, and experience of firefighting.

“By partnering with FSRI, we are bringing the research to the street to help you learn how to apply firefighting strategies to your everyday fireground operations that are rooted in science and based on best practices. This course is a valuable tool for firefighters and instructors of all experience levels. Not only will this program broaden your understanding of fire dynamics, but it will also help you integrate these tactical considerations into your firefighting procedures and training programs,” said Seth Barker, president of ISFSI.

During the two-hour course, members from both ISFSI and FSRI teams discuss topics such as fundamentals of fire science, fire dynamics in structures, building construction, heat transfer and PPE, exposure and hygiene considerations, strategic considerations, tactical considerations, and implementation strategies.

“FSRI is proud to support ISFSI in the development of this course. Through this collaboration, we are providing your department with a framework for developing policies, procedures, guidelines, and training resources that we hope will ultimately make you a safer and more effective firefighter,” said Steve Kerber, vice president and executive director of FSRI.

This online training is designed to help firefighters:

  • understand why firefighting tactics are changing based on modern construction, newer on-scene technology, and evolving fuel loads.
  • understand how to assess and approach the scene of a fire based on the latest science-based fire dynamics research and testing.
  • prepare to evaluate a fire’s growth and spread and utilize up-to-date control methods.

Click here start the course and learn how to apply firefighting strategies and tactics rooted in science and based on best practices to your everyday fireground operations.

About Fire Safety Research Institute 

UL’s Fire Safety Research Institute (FSRI) strives to advance fire safety knowledge and strategies in order to create safer environments. Using advanced fire science, rigorous research, extensive outreach and education in collaboration with an international network of partners, the organization imparts stakeholders with knowledge, tools, and resources that enable them to make better, more fire safe decisions that ultimately save lives and property. To learn more, visit Follow Fire Safety Research Institute on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

About International Society of Fire Service Instructors 

The International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI) leads fire and EMS instructors in their efforts to reduce firefighter fatalities and injuries, increase firefighter safety, and improve the profession through education and training. ISFSI supports instructors through educational opportunities, networking, mentoring programs, leadership opportunities, instructional resources, and legislative representation. To learn more, visit