The Hudson Fire Department (HFD) will be purchasing a Bullseye Laser-Driven Fire Extinguisher Training System thanks to a $10,000 grant from the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation. The innovative, high-tech system allows indoor training, increases safety, makes less of a mess, and creates the ability to train more people in less time.
The new system uses a laser to replicate an extinguisher discharge and LED-driven digital flames. The system can detect when trainees are using the extinguisher properly to ensure they are prepared for a real fire. It is completely safe, yet offers a realistic training simulation.
HFD has been working to expand its community training efforts, and the system is the perfect tool to do just that. Previously, HFD’s fire extinguisher training involved messy live extinguishers and required multiple personnel during training. The training could only occur outside in the right conditions, and the fire extinguishers had to be provided and recharged by whomever was sponsoring the training. The new training system is safer and easy to use, and can be operated by one person. It also eliminates the cost of live fire extinguishers for the host of the training.
The new system will be used to train Hudson High School and Western Reserve Academy students. It will also be used in conjunction with the Fire Safety House Trailer to provide fire extinguisher training at community events and businesses.
“We’re looking forward to preparing more people to effectively use a fire extinguisher. When you know how to use one, you can make a huge difference in the outcome of a fire,” said Hudson Fire/EMS Chief Jerry Varnes.