"We don't fight as many fires as we used to and that makes it difficult for our newer firefighters to learn through experience." This statement echoes through many firehouses and often goes along with discussions on the increased importance of good training to provide firefighters with the...
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All smoke generators require some maintenance. Machines with higher-end internal components can be flushed with deionized water periodically to maintain efficient operation. Lower-grade machines need to be disassembled and cleaned by hand. Be sure to check the maintenance requirements and intervals before deciding on a machine.
There are also programmable options available on higher-end smoke generators. In addition to running continuously, the smoke generator can be set to run for five minutes and then turn off or run for 30 seconds every minute. Other options include wired and wireless remotes, smoke-density settings and even smoke-liquid tank-level gauges.
Features and options are available as well as a range of quality in smoke generators on the market. Understanding the options and pairing features with the needs of your training program will not only help you choose the right smoke generator, but can provide additional training opportunities to prepare your firefighters.
RYAN O'DONNELL is co-founder and chief executive officer of BullEx Digital Safety. He has founded two award-winning companies providing fire and life-safety products and services worldwide. O'Donnell draws from his experience in the fire service, where he was a decorated chief officer responsible for developing fire prevention programs, overseeing training operations and acting as incident commander at emergency scenes. He holds numerous certificates from the National Fire Academy and New York State Academy of Fire Science.