ATF Certified Fire Investigators and the ATF National Response Team is the sole federal resource tasked with assisting state and local investigators with determining fire origin and cause. Many firefighter Line of Duty Death cases are investigated by the ATF National Response Team, which consists of Certified Fire Investigators, Senior Special Agents, Fire Protection Engineers, Electrical Engineers and forensic chemists.
Thanks to the "firefighters" at ATF for their support and outstanding "behind the scenes" work they do for us-such as the following videos:
Part 1: Reviews in detail the Line of Duty Death of Baltimore County Firefighter Mark Falkenhan. Mark's widow, Gladys Falkenhan introduces the video which includes a detailed analysis utilizing computer fire modeling and discusses the effects buoyancy driven ventilation flow paths.
Understanding the modern fire environment: flow paths, fuel and ventilation part 1
Part 2: Reviews several additional firefighter Line of Duty Death and injury cases where firefighters were operating in uni-directional ventilation flow paths. Each case is examined to illustrate how to identify a uni-directional flow path and several tactical considerations are also discussed.
Understanding the modern fire environment: flow paths, fuel and ventilation part 2
Part 3: Examines the effects of ventilation and suppression tactics on ventilation-limited fires. The vast majority of fires encountered by firefighters are ventilation-limited, meaning that by definition that the fire will always grow with additional ventilation until water is applied to the absorb the energy being released. Several full-scale fire test videos are shown to illustrate all topics in the video, which concludes with a live table-top fire model.
Understanding the modern fire environment: flow paths, fuel and ventilation Part 3