ISFSI & UL Report: Understanding and Fighting Basement Fires


The International Society of Fire Service Instructors and the Underwriters Laboratory conducted research to better understand why basement fires present such a high risk to firefighters and what they can do to avoid injury. This study goes beyond past research by increasing the size of the basement, and incorporating three different access conditions to the basement. This project is supported with a US Department of Homeland Security and FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency Assistance to Firefighters Grant. This report is now available online at the following link:

It is important to keep abreast with the latest research that affect our profession. Please take the time to read this information. The information in the report is under study by the Institute to determine where it could best be incorporated into our curriculum.