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    Lightbulb Fire Extinguisher Training

    I am in charge of conducting fire extinguisher training classes to local businesses. I have been continuing the same hands-on training portion that guys on the department have done for years. I mix 1/2 gasoline and 1/2 diesel in an aluminum turkey pan and torch it off, then have people file through with an extinguisher to put it out. This creates two problems; One is that there is a large amount of black smoke given off, and two is there is no real way to control the flame. I have been looking into purchasing a propane prop and would like to know if there are any recommendations from other departments out there on this subject? Any help is greatly appreciated!

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    Joe Reed, Public Information/Education Officer
    Grand Junction Fire Department


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    an aluminum turkey pan? An aluminum Pteranodon pan would be too small. Get at liest a 9 sqft pan, any smaller and it is too easy to put out. Hell 9 sqft is too easy. let the students respect the fire, a candle won't do it.

    As for the smoke, fire gives off smoke. Pan fires will not prepare people to deal with a small fire in a structure, but with the smoke they can see what they are in for

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    We have used a 55 gal drum cut in half lengthwise. I agree, the more smoke, the more realistic.
    T. Soyars, NREMTP
    "Primum non nocere"

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    I have been looking into purchasing a propane prop and would like to know if there are any recommendations from other departments out there on this subject?
    Have used a gas powered unit for a couple of years-

    PRO's
    * Smokeless (Not perfect, but certainly very little)
    * Use anywhere (Generate very little heat with a flame of around .5 - 1 metre high) I've used mine directly under installed sprinkler systems in underground carparks with no problems! Beware the VESDA's though!
    * Compact
    * No residue
    * Don't need to transport jerry cans, etc
    * Safe- can kill the gas supply with the flick of a switch (Causes a solenoid on the supply line to close)

    CON's
    * Only use CO2 extinguishers (See next con)
    * Electronic components can be damaged by water, foam or powder's

    Overall, I like the unit. Perhaps you need to think about who your teaching becasue if they need all forms of extinguishers then these may not be the ideal device...
    Luke

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