Event aimed at changing how firefighters respond to fire

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (WCIV) -- Firefighters are using a live fire event to learn about attacking fires effectively. The training program started Tuesday and will last for the next week.

The event is being sponsored by the International Society of Fire Service Instructors, the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the South Carolina Fire Academy. Instructors hope to find ways to keep firefighters safer while battling fires.

"This is a unique opportunity for us to utilize the great research work of UL and NIST to create reality training focused on the National Fallen Firefighter FOundations Life Safety Initiatives, partner with NIST and gather new information that will be included in a firefighter training module that explores firefighter behavior at residential fires," said state Fire Marshal Shane Ray.

This research will lead to training that changes behavior and improves decision making from the firefighter to the Incident Commander," he added.

The research is designed to test firefighter tactics based on already developed research and science.

"The programs as a result of this grant will allow fire instructors to train thousands of firefighters across the U.S. and beyond," said ISFSI president Chief Doug Cline.

Follow along with the training exercises on the group's Facebook page.