Industry News – 04/14/20

UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute Launches Fire Safety Academy

New online learning management system brings fire research to the streets.


UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute (FSRI), has launched the UL FSRI Fire Safety Academy, an open access online learning management system that will effectively bring fire research knowledge to the streets in a free, easy, and user-friendly way. Users can now create their own profile and access UL FSRI courses anywhere with an internet connection, at no cost, when it is convenient for them. Training topics include fire dynamics, firefighting tactics, firefighter health, and more.

UL FSRI’s science-based courses are backed by the latest in fire research, developed with the fire service and present best practices and tactical considerations from real-world applications. For the first time ever, each course is now tied to NFPA Professional Qualification Standards for better use as homework assignments or classroom activities of certified courses. Learning is validated and reinforced through built-in assessments throughout each course. These on-demand courses are available on a free and easy-to-use platform that is accessible anywhere – with an internet connection – at any time. Individuals and training officers can track progress, download and print course completion certificates as well as transcripts. The Power User profile for officers makes managing members’ progress and monitoring department training hours simple and efficient.

“Everything about firefighting is science. It is so much more than just applying water, breaking windows, and rescuing people. The more that the fire service can learn about fire dynamics and how their tactics impact the fire, the more effective their tactical decisions will become. This can enable them to solve the fire problem safer and more efficiently, which in the end can save more lives,” said UL FSRI Director Steve Kerber. “With that in mind, we have developed the UL FSRI Fire Safety Academy, a new online learning management system equipped with numerous training courses designed for real-world application.”

Create a Fire Safety Academy profile today to access:

  • Free, on-demand training, designed for real-world application
  • Science-based courses correlated to NFPA Professional Qualifications Standards
  • Built-in assessment to reinforce and validate learning
  • Certificates and transcripts to document course completion for individuals and departments

UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute (FSRI) advances fire research knowledge and develops cutting edge, practical fire service education aimed at helping firefighters stay safe while more effectively protecting people and property. Guided by a global advisory board comprised of fire service personnel, UL FSRI investigates residential, commercial, and industrial fires through full-scale testing, field-testing, and modeling to replicate actual fires faced by firefighters. Research results are shared through interactive training courses that have reached hundreds of thousands of firefighters globally. To learn more, visit Follow UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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KIMTEK introduces Ultra High-pressure CAT Pump system to UTV Skid Unit Line

KIMTEK has expanded its FIRELITE® UTV Transport Skid Unit line with new models designed for fire departments needing the capability of an ultra-high pressure pump on a compact skid unit specifically suited for UTV side-by-side chassis. The FCAT-209 and FCAT-209-85 models feature premium CAT UHP pumps powered by electric start Honda 9HP motors. These triplex pumps deliver 6.7 GPM at 1200 psi.

KIMTEK’S new FIRELITE slip-on/skid units also include a CAT dual-strike UHP nozzle that delivers water or Class A foam solution with the included CAT Class A foam induction system. Equipped with electric rewind Hannay 1500 UHP series reels with 100 feet of 1/2” UHP booster hose, the FCAT-209 is available with a 55 or 68 gallon tank and the FCAT-209-85 is available with an 85 gallon tank.

Recognized for sleek, sensible design, KIMTEK’s new FIRELITE UTV Transport Skid Units are affordably priced yet produced with the same high-quality materials and workmanship that departments throughout the world expect from KIMTEK. Sharing the signature distinctions of all KIMTEK Skid Units, the new FCAT-209 and FCAT-209-85 models incorporate all-aluminum diamond plate construction, aluminum tubing chassis, and assembly using only the finest materials.

KIMTEK Corporation is the largest producer and marketer of ATV/UTV-specific skid units for public safety agencies in the U.S. KIMTEK’s FIRELITE® fire and rescue skid units and MEDLITE® medical skid units are now in service in all fifty U.S. states and across Canada, all branches of the military, the National Park Service, numerous NASCAR tracks, sporting complexes, schools, universities, and in several countries worldwide. KIMTEK Transport skid units are made in the USA.

For more information, please contact KIMTEK at 888-546-8358 or visit

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