Written by Administrator Wednesday, 21 March 2007 18:13The Kansas Fire and Rescue Training Institute provided a specially designed propane-fueled burn trailer. Firefighters wore bunker gear and air packs into the burn simulator, which reached temperatures that exceeded 500 degrees.
The training allowed firefighters to simulate search-and-rescue patterns under conditions similar to a kitchen fire and a burning mattress that led to a “flashover.” Unlike conventional on-the-job training, the trailer included multiple safety devices. Automatic temperature-sensitive devices as well as instructors in the control room and in the burn area could trigger a shutdown system that stops the flow of propane and stops the fire immediately. Family members were even invited to view the fires from inside the control room. Several members of the class commented on how educational the training had been, and participants seemed to enjoy the event. Kaiser said he plans to bring the trailer back for his next class later this year.
Lester Kaisier, Lincolnville Fire Chief and course instructor, watches as a members of a Fire Fighter 1 class enter a live-burn trailer during a training session Sunday, March 11.