Connecticut is stepping up its fire safety training with some state-of-the-art technology.
The system doesn't use an actual fire, but officials said it's just as effective.
Escaping flames can be a terrifying experience and a dangerous reminder of why fire safety training is essential. That's why the Connecticut Fire Marshals Association is adding a new piece of equipment to the arsenal.
“The goal is to get it throughout the counties in the state, the different Fire Marshals Offices and allow them to use the equipment to go out and train the citizens in the state,” Connecticut Fire Marshals Association President Keith Flood said.
The Fire Equipment Manufacturer's Association donated the $10,000 fire extinguisher training system. It uses a laser-driven fire extinguisher and digital flames that can be used anywhere.
“The older units have propane tanks and actual fire, and they're a little bit cumbersome to use,” Flood, who is the fire marshal in West Haven, said. “This equipment actually uses lasers and you can use it in an indoor setting."
Flood said the technique is standard and fairly simple. It's called "pass" or pull, aim, squeeze, sweep. He added you can simulate all kinds of real-life situations.
“You can change the amount of fire, how hard, difficulty in putting out,” Flood said. “You can change all that just by the remote control."
Experts said it is a perfect training tool for any age and anyone, who has never handled an extinguisher.
“We want to make sure that people are using the extinguisher that they are using it safely and that they're protecting their home and protecting their family,” Jeff Terrey with the Fire Equipment Manufacturer's Association said.
The training system will be available to any fire department that wants to use it in their community. It will stored at a fire house in East Lyme.
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