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    Hey everyone, we just took delivery of a FEMA travel trailer that we will be renovating into a "Fire Safety Trailer" for educating the local school children on exit drills, fire safety, etc. We plan to install a smoke machine and everything.

    What I am looking for is some recommendations for a smoke machine for this trailer, it is 8 ft X 32 ft.

    Also, I am looking for some prop ideas and things to incorporate into the trailer. We're completely new to this and any ideas or suggestions that you guys have would be appreciated.

    Thanks again.

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    Do you guys take BA around to the schools to show the kids what firefighters look like all suited up?

    There were cases where kids would get scared of firefighters during a house fire and hide. Last time our guys did it, one girl ran and hid in their cloak room, but after taking the mask off and showing her that they were just people she calmed down.

    Also the usual materials- Booklets about fire safety, colouring in depending on what age etc. One of the things I like is there is a page of graph paper where you can get the kids to draw a plan of the house and they can talk to their parents about escape routes in an emergency.
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    Yeah, we go to the school during fire prevention week and have one of our guys fully suited to show the kids. We'll keep this as part of our presentation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdpearce View Post
    Hey everyone, we just took delivery of a FEMA travel trailer that we will be renovating into a "Fire Safety Trailer" for educating the local school children on exit drills, fire safety, etc. We plan to install a smoke machine and everything.

    What I am looking for is some recommendations for a smoke machine for this trailer, it is 8 ft X 32 ft.

    Also, I am looking for some prop ideas and things to incorporate into the trailer. We're completely new to this and any ideas or suggestions that you guys have would be appreciated.

    Thanks again.
    Our county fire trailer has some pretty cool things, but I think one of the more useful tools is the TV on the outside of the trailer. There is a camera inside the trailer and it feeds to a TV that is built into the trailer that you can see from the outside. That way the kids that aren't going in at that time are basically getting a visual over and over until their turn, and also so they have an idea of what it will be like when they get in there. They can also make it play fire safety and education videos if they want.
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    Quote Originally Posted by evfd3100 View Post
    Our county fire trailer has some pretty cool things, but I think one of the more useful tools is the TV on the outside of the trailer. There is a camera inside the trailer and it feeds to a TV that is built into the trailer that you can see from the outside. That way the kids that aren't going in at that time are basically getting a visual over and over until their turn, and also so they have an idea of what it will be like when they get in there. They can also make it play fire safety and education videos if they want.
    What kind of things do you have on the inside?

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    Our county has one of the small, purpose-built trailers. The smoke only goes to one room, so it'll just depend on how much "smoke" you want to have in that room and how quickly you want it to fill, particularly if you purge it between groups. The smoke shouldn't bleed to the other areas.

    There is a small kitchen area in which one can talk about the fire dangers therein, a "living room" where you can demonstrate 9-1-1, and maybe extension cords and smoke detectors, etc, then a small room on an upper level where the kids can get a dose of smoke and escape from the "balcony."

    I believe it's on a par with what you've gotten, size-wise, though.

    Depending on how big your crowds might be, it would be worth building several discrete areas. That way you can be talking to several small groups at the same time. If you get your traffic flow right, they can simply cycle through the stations.

    Based on our experience - make it bullet-proof (figuratively speaking) and easy to maintain. A couple hundred kids can make a pretty good mess of things, and "consumer grade" stuff doesn't always stand up well to such abuse.

    The groups should see a seamless operation - ie, the '9-1-1 calltaker' shouldn't be visible (or audible) to them, and you shouldn't have to call out to "Bob" to start the smoke.

    Mount an awning to the side to keep the customers (and your staff) out of the sun and weather.

    Some of these trailers have CCTV so the folks outside can see what's going on, or perhaps watch fire safety films (tapes/DVDs) while they wait, or as part of the overall presentation.

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    awesome, thanks tree68

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdpearce View Post
    What kind of things do you have on the inside?
    They really don't have anything special. Just some strobe lights, the ability to burn a DVD in the trailer, the blinds on the windows actually shake and move around. Stuff like that. They have it set up where one end of the trailer is like carpeted stairs that run the width of the trailer for seating. Kind of like in a stadium, just smaller. Everybody sits there while they explain what is going to go on, etc. They also show them a short video while they are in there.
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    we have a kitchen room and a bedroom

    we like to use items from real fires, burned up pans, melted telephones, irons, toys etc, seems to have big impact


    as far as smoke machine would get a good quality one

    also smoke detectors that you can activate off a light switch works great to let them hear the sounds and if you have them practice gettin out starts the process.

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    I'd say it depends on if you want a fire safety trailer or a safety trailer.

    We have gone the Safety Trailer route with ours and it really makes a big difference. We have two rooms, one a living room, kitchen and the other a bedroom and really strive to not only teach what to do in the event of a fire but also how to prevent it in the first place. The only real high tech piece of equipment to make was a hot door, but truly everything else was bought/made/donated fairly cheaply easily. The trailer has two rooms connected by a door, each room has its own exit door and window.

    The living room/kitchen is mostly a things to look for / how to be safe room. We have a galley kitchen on one wall (none of the appliances work) and we talk about kitchen safety, pot handles, kitchen towels, knives, etc. In the other half of the room is a love seat, table and a working flat screen tv/DVD on the wall. We have some fake LED candles near a curtain and a frayed electrical cord on a lamp to further enforce home safety. The TV/DVD can play safety videos or we have a fake tv show with a fake tornado warning that allows us to talk about weather safety as well.

    The bed room has a twin bed and bench seat on two walls for kids to watch. We can pipe smoke in to this room, but just a little. We only want to reinforce what to do in a fire, not do a probie school zero-visability drill. We talk about sleeping withy the door closed and have a smoke detector wired up to a lightswitch. We will pick a kid to lie down and after the room gets a little smokey, turn the lightswitch on to sound the detector. They will always crawl right to the interior door (as thats the way that we have them enter), this door we made ourselves and has a heating element from a heating pad in it. When the feel the warm door they then get instructed to the other exterior door. Once outside we have a little card table with a wire to wire phone so they can call 911 and talk to a real "dispatcher".

    We run it with at least 2 guys, though 3 works alot better to have someone outside with the waiting children.

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    The heating pad element makes perfect sense. I was kinda stumped on the hot door idea. Thanks for the info.

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    over here, we have various trailers, the most popular is what we call the kitchen fire demonstrator.

    heres a vid of it in action..
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8wwx71NEfs

    basically its just a gas cooker setup to look like a kitchen with a pot of oil used, to demonstrate what happens when water is poured onto fat fires..

    we also have a sprinkler trailer which demonstrates home sprinkers

    and all the various handouts etc

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    The trailer my department has was special built as an educational trailer for home safety, including weather and fire safety.

    The downstairs portion is equipped with a simulated living room (low ceiling though, so adults have to crawl around in it) complete with working television, smoke detectors and a weather radio. The blinds are secured so that we can run a weather scenario on a mock tornado. A sound system controlled by remote plays the audio while the DVD recording makes you think your in the middle of watching tv, a weather alert comes over and the next thing you've got the blinds shaking, no lights on and the weather radio giving the anouncment while in the background a tornado siren is sounding.

    The kitchen area has a small gas stove modified with a turntable on one of the burners. Its set up with a small pot that begins with the handle pointing out and then as you deliver the safety speach, you can rotate it to the side. We also have smoke detectors in that room, along with being able to do electrical safety demonstrations - power cords, overloaded outlets, etc.

    Go up a small set of stairs and you get the bedroom. The door has a heating element in it to simulate fire behind a closed door. There's a smoke detector in that room as well, wired up to a switch for activation purposes. We start out giving a speach on keeping the bedroom doors closed, getting out and staying low, crawling to the door and checking it, then exiting through the alternative route. Outside is a balcony with a ladder to the ground. At the ground is a phone that allows participants to dial "911". Another FD member answers the phone in the control room of the trailer and takes the fire report.

    The entire trailer is CCV wired and can be monitored outside on a television screen we have mounted on the side of the trailer. There is also a fairly good sized smoke machine with various plumbing set up that allows us to smoke up any of the three rooms we want. The smoke machine is controlled by a remote control similar to a car-lock/unlock fob.

    While the trailer is ours, we share it throughout our entire county with 4 other departments plus a local CERT team. In the warmer months it sees about 2-3 events a month. Each department has members who have been through a training session on setting up and operating the trailer, including knowing the scenarios. Any citizens, child or adult, must sign a waiver to go through the scenarios, for liability reasons.

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    In the back of our public education van is a childs bedroom that has been burnt. It is used to show the children what can happen if there is a fire in their home and also what can happen if they play with matches/lighter.

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