Manufacturers Roundtable: Firefighter Training Facilities

Firehouse Magazine recently asked a sampling of manufacturers of firefighter training facilities to participate in a roundtable discussion focused on issues such as ways in which their facilities help firefighters meet their training goals, after-the-sale...


Firehouse Magazine recently asked a sampling of manufacturers of firefighter training facilities to participate in a roundtable discussion focused on issues such as ways in which their facilities help firefighters meet their training goals, after-the-sale service, funding assistance, and new technologies in materials and construction techniques. An excerpt from this roundtable was published in the July issue of Firehouse.

Partipants:

Fireblast 451

Fire Facilities

TCA

  • Brian Harris
  • Eric Shaer
  • Principals
  • TCA Architecture & Planning
  • Seattle, WA
  • www.tca-inc.com

Training Structures

WHP Training Towers

Firehouse: More and more demands are being placed on firefighters every day. What features do your facilities have that assist firefighters in meeting their training goals (such as burn rooms, search mazes, windows properly sized for bailout training, rappel towers and rope-anchor points)?

Egelin: Fireblast 451 has a variety of fire training props and equipment representing the most challenging scenarios that firefighters face in emergency response. All Fireblast training equipment is designed utilizing the most current codes, standards and guidelines for the selected equipment. We offer an extensive line of fixed and portable training units including Class A, Class B, special operation, and interior and exterior fixed facility props.

Portable units include flammable liquid and gas, interior live fire, industrial, helicopters and vehicle fire training. Each prop provides unique skill sets found only in Fireblast products. Portable Class A and B interior units include optional multi-chassis structures with rappelling towers, confined space, forcible entry, confidence maze, wall breech scenarios, Denver and Columbus Rescue props and firefighter self rescue training .

Special operations trainers include urban search and rescue, forcible entry, confidence maze, confined space, ventilation, arson and hazardous material trainers. Each prop offers an extensive training scenario format to challenge the most seasoned professional.

Fireblast offers interior and exterior training props with our Raven, Hawk and Eagle Series. Each series offers a variety of options specifically designed to fit the training environment established during the design phase. Prop functions include multi-level flame control, flame spread and extension fires, smoke distribution centers and interchangeable prop facades. Each series includes independent password protection for each operator backed by the Fireblast data tracking system.

Hajewski: Fire Facilities structures are available with a number of custom and standard features to create a safe yet realistic training experience. Starting with approaching the structure, the unique siding profile is similar to what firefighters will encounter on actual calls yet strong enough to allow for ladder placement or rappelling anywhere against the building. Parapet walls and window openings are designed with no exposed fasteners or sharp edges to prevent damage to gear and equipment. Inside the structure, a patented moveable wall system helps training officers to change room layouts and door location to create variety in exercises. Fire Facilities' Westec burn rooms are built with a patented two part insulation system, consisting of the insulation blanket and a stainless steel liner - this system reduces maintenance costs and extends the life of the tower. We offer a line of burn props to provide a complete package for class A burn rooms, to simulate fires in ovens, bunk beds and more. For those departments requiring propane fueled props, we can work with the supplier of your choice to equip a class B facility.

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