From Knowledge To Practice
The FKTP curriculum was developed to address gaps between the science of fire dynamics and current firefighting strategies and tactics. Through development of a collaborative evidence-based fire dynamics curriculum, and safe, realistic, live fire training tools, the project seeks to reduce risks and impacts due to fire.
In 2013, Ottawa Fire Services, along with Calgary, Montreal and Halifax, obtained a $1.2 million grant through DRDC's Canadian Safety and Security Program to develop the curriculum. Over $3 million in sponsorship - both cash and in-kind - was also secured.
The study of fire dynamics allows firefighters to better understand the underlying physics and chemistry that determine fire growth and development. This understanding provides firefighters with a better ability to evaluate fire conditions and assess potential hazards in order to choose appropriate and effective strategies, tactics, and techniques.
An informed firefighter is a safer, more effective firefighter, resulting in reduced risks and impact of fire on the community.
The curriculum benefited from collaboration with members from 60 agencies from around the world, generous and engaged sponsors, and innumerable subject matter experts.
If you'd like to learn more about how to contribute, collaborate, or apply the curriculum within your organization, please feel free to contact one of us.
If you'd like to offer specific feedback on the curriculum, please use the linked Google Form.
And remember: Seek Knowledge In Fire!
Deputy Chief Sean Tracey
Division Chief Peter McBride