Marin Municipal Water District in cooperation with Tiburon Fire Protection District and the Marin County Fire Chiefs Association are taking delivery of a Fire Pump Operations Training Simulator.
The Pump Operations Simulator, built by Fire Department International from Fort Worth, Texas, is a self-contained, computer-controlled simulator that has two functions. First and most importantly, the simulator is used to train fire-apparatus drivers / operators the correct methods of operating a fire pump and what to do when things go wrong. The computer-controlled simulator attaches to any of the fire apparatus provided by the Marin County Fire Chiefs, and while the student is actually pumping water, the simulator’s computer system can re-create any abnormal or life- threatening event that can and does occur in real fires.
Secondly, the Pump Operations Simulator will be used for the required NFPA1911 annual pump test - a requirement to ensure each truck is in acceptable operating condition. While each test requires approximately 60,000 gallons of water to complete, FD Internationals Fire Pump Operations Simulator re-captures all of the water used in training so there is no waste.
The Pump Operations Simulator will
* Flow almost one quarter of a million gallons of water a day, just for training
* Flow 4 attack lines and not have anyone holding fire hoses
* Be able to show an engineer what a catastrophic event looks like at the pump panel without endangering anyone
* Perform the training with minimal instructors
* Perform the tests without wasting any water
Marin County Fire Chiefs took delivery of their simulator on January 31. The unit was delivered by FD International and a two-day train the trainer will be conducted on January 31 and February 1, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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MEDIA CONTACT: Lon Peterson