Fighting fires in high-rise buildings poses numerous distinct challenges to the fire service. Fires are now growing faster and release more heat than ever before. To combat these fires, firefighters have numerous additional tasks created by the challenge of high-rise buildings compared to other structures. Even the simplest tasks such as supplying water and advancing hoses are much more difficult in these buildings. The results of this presentation were obtained through extensive literature review as well as extrapolated data from empirical research obtained through field testing conducted by the presenter and by nationally recognized research facilities such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and applying this data to high-rise buildings. This presentation will: relay the various components of a modern firefighting package for high-rise and standpipe equipped buildings, discuss basic fire dynamics and how they apply to both residential and commercial high-rise buildings, discuss basic firefighting hydraulic principles, discuss common firefighting tactics. Special consideration is given to modern fire service research.

Semester/Year of Award



Joshua N. Reichert

Mentor Professional Affiliation

Safety, Security, and Emergency Management

Access Options

Open Access Thesis

Document Type

Bachelor Thesis

Degree Name

Honors Scholars

Degree Level



Safety, Security, and Emergency Management