FIRE INVESTIGATION, RESEARCH, AND EDUCATION

​​GULF COAST FIRE, LLC

Please contact us to discuss your custom testing and research needs and we will work with you to ensure your tests are appropriately designed, developed, and instrumented to insure the findings meet your objectives.

Gulf Coast FIRE has extensive experience in the design, development, and implementation of fire testing and research projects for fire investigation case support and training and education purposes. Gulf Coast FIRE has provided technical support for fire testing and research including on site instrumentation with thermocouples, heat flux transducers, and other monitoring devices.

Gulf Coast FIRE has participated in a number of projects including:


  • ​​The LAAI Ventilation Research Burns - a series of full scale burns conducted in Covington, Louisiana as part of a grant project funded by the IAAI Foundation.  This project focused on the effects of ventilation on fire growth and development in a multi-compartment structure and has served as the foundation for several training deliveries at fire investigation seminars throughout the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. ​


  • The Minnesota IAAI Ventilation Research Burns - a series of full scale burns conducted at the Viking Hotel, Sisseton, South Dakota as part of a grant project funded by the IAAI Foundation.  This project continued the principals of the LAAI study and focused on the effects of ventilation on fire growth and development in single compartment structures. The results of this testing have served as the foundation for several training deliveries at fire investigation seminars throughout the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.  ​
  • ATF Advanced Origin and Cause Complex Burns - a series of two full scale burns conducted at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Brunswick, Georgia that analyzed the fire growth and development in a multi-compartment structure. The results of this testing have served as the foundation for several training deliveries at fire investigation seminars throughout the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Additionally, the findings have been utilized by and serve as a foundation for an instructional segment at the United States Fire Academy and in the IAAI Fundamentals Training Program.


  • Mark Svare/MSD Engineering Research Burns – a series of full scale burns conducted in Covington, Louisiana as part of ongoing research into the effects of fire on building electrical systems and the post fire scene examination of electrical artifacts as part of the fire investigation process.  These test burns were conducted in partnership with MSD Engineering and the Forensic Investigations Group as part of the ongoing Doctoral research of Mark Svare, MSD Engineering in pursuit of an advanced degree from the University of Dundee, Nethergate, Dundee, Scotland, United Kingdom.  The results of this testing have served as the foundation of several additional research projects and training deliveries at fire investigation seminars throughout the United States and the United Kingdom.


  • Fire District 12 Research Burns – a series of full scale burns conducted in Covington Louisiana as part of research into fire growth and development as well as into the effects of fire on building electrical systems and the post fire scene examination of electrical artifacts as part of the fire investigation process.  These test burns were conducted in partnership with St. Tammany Parish Fire District 12, MSD Engineering, and the Forensic Investigations Group.

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​TESTING and RESEARCH