Orange TAFE College has acquired a fire simulator for their Confined Spaced Training Unit to improve the safety of fire extinguisher training and become more friendly to the environment.
The fire simulator removes the need to create fires of other combustible materials, such as paper, wood and fuels according to Head Teacher, Neil Milton. He said, "These fires create pollution and leave ash or Hydro-carbon residues which create disposal issues".
"With the new gas powered device and its attachments, any type of fire can be simulated. It can be started remotely and if required, instantly cut-off. This improves safety for the participants and their trainer. With the remote start the fire can also be re-ignited to show that this can also occur in real situations.
"The short training course includes tuition about the causes of fires and the techniques of First Attack Fire Fighting. In practical sessions participants use fire extinguishers to extinguish a range of fires created by the simulator.
"While workplaces have suitable fire extinguishers in place, many people have little or no practical experience in their use.
"As well as portable fire extinguisher training, a wide range of other fire training is provided by Orange TAFE including Fire Warden training and emergency evacuation procedures. All of this training can be provided at a TAFE campus on onsite at any workplace."
The Confined spaces Unit also offers training in confined space entry and working at heights.
Further information can be obtained by calling 6391 4000.