One North Carolina fire dept is getting more tech-savvy in the way it trains to fight fires. New technology, sold by BullEx, is allowing firefighters to virtually do their job, without battling a real fire.
The Attack Digital Fire System puts firefighters in an environment where the conditions of an actual fire are being mimicked. Smoke, flames and fire hoses are all there to help firefighters get the training they need– but without having to worry about the heat of a real fire.
“We have to keep an open mind to things that can help the citizens of Greenville stay safe, things that can help us stay safer and get home to our families,” said Brian Buchanan, a Greenville firefighter.
The digital fire system also allows crews to train in locations where live fire training isn’t possible. The system’s two units on wheels can be set up anywhere in about 15 minutes. The digital fire screen weighs 30 pounds, and the smoke generator weighs 80 pounds. The simulated fire box can create an image and characteristics of different types of fires.
Lt. Jesse Harris of Greenville Fire-Rescue believes this could be a great tool. He says the system can be programmed for the digital fire to act like a “Class A fire, which would be a wood, paper or fabric fire; a class B, which would be flammable liquids; or a Class C fire, which would be a flammable gas fire.”
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