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Putting out fires
GBFD hosts Fire Prevention week at local schools
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A Holy Family sixth grade student climbs out a window of the Mobile Fire Safety Trailer on Wednesday during Fire Prevention Week. The bedroom of the trailer is filled with fog to represent smoke in a real fire and teaches the students on how to climb out of a window safely.

Bullex laser-driven fire extinguisher that was is being used in the Fire Prevention Week by the GBFD is a devise to teach people of all ages on how to use a fire extinguisher and can be used indoors.

Clean Training
• BullsEye uses a conical laser to replicate extinguisher discharge, rather than depending on a dry-chemical or CO2 extinguisher, making it a cleaner way to train. Our training smoke does not leave a residue.

Effective Training
• Simulate class A, B and C fires at ten difficulty levels.
•The system can sense if the trainee is using the correct extinguisher, aiming and sweeping correctly, and if they are an effective distance from the base of the fire. This ensures trainees are prepared in case of a real fire emergency.

Safe Training
• Utilize LED-driven digital flames and a laser training extinguisher to provide a dynamic and realistic simulation for trainees while eliminating the hazards associated with conventional fire extinguisher training. Help businesses in your community meet their OSHA safety training requirements.

Train Anywhere
• Because only a laser is emitted from the training extinguisher, extinguisher training can now be conducted virtually anywhere indoors or out – where fires may actually occur.
•Hundreds of trainees can be trained in a single day without recharging any extinguishers.

Trackable training
• After each successful evolution, the time to extinguishment is displayed on the panel.
• Training record collection allows instructors to record and monitor a trainee’s progress, as well as easily export training records for sharing and creating certificates of completion.

The Great Bend Fire Department is conducting Fire Prevention Week throughout the local schools and on Wednesday crews from the department were at Holy Family School to teach students about fire safety.
“This training is very important to the students, they look forward to every year and they get a better understanding fire safety,” Fire Inspector Mark Orth said. “By teaching these students about how fires are started, it will help them in the prevention of fires.”
This year the GBFD used two training instruments to teach the students. The Mobile Fire Trailer and the new fire extinguisher training tool which the department purchase with a grant.
The trailer is set up with a kitchen, living room and a bedroom.
The kitchen teaches the students about grease fire on a stove, not to put metal objects in a microwave and what type of extinguisher to use on a grease fire.
The living room teaches the students about electrical fires, burning candles and how to take care of a fire caused by an electrical issue.
The bedroom in the trailer is used to teach the children on how it feels to be in a room that is filled with smoke. Firefighters fill the room up with fog to simulate smoke and teach the children on how to climb out of a window.
“The trailer is a great tool to teach the children about safety around the house,” Orth said. “The different stations set up in the trailer give the students an idea about fire safety throughout different parts of the house.”
The fire extinguisher unit the crews used to train the students is an electronic devise. The extinguisher uses a laser beam that is pointed at a screen with a digital fire on it. There are sensors at the base of the screen to senses the beam from the extinguisher and puts the fire out on the screen.
“This is a great training tool,” Orth said. “We can now teach people on how to put out a fire without having to use a real fire extinguisher. We have used it for teaching employees of businesses in Great Bend and at the schools.”
Fire prevention week will continue this week and into the beginning of next week. For more information about Fire Prevention Week contact the GBFD at 620-793-4141