The Old Way
Many fire departments across the country have very limited training facilities. Training usually consists of using the fire station truck bay or meeting room to simulate a home or business when conducting simulated fires. Smoke machines may be used to provide a more realistic training scenario for the interior firefighters, but since water cannot be flowed inside the training facility, the training value to the pump operator is minimal.
The FlowFighter Advantage
The FlowFighter training system improves the realism of these training scenarios by allowing the interior fire attack crew to advance a charged hoseline tipped with a FlowFighter nozzle simulator. The nozzle simulator does not flow water inside the building, but instead transmits a wireless signal to the FlowFighter valve control unit that corresponds to the nozzle simulator’s bail position. The FlowFighter valve control unit then turns the valves that are outside the building on or off to flow water when the interior attack crew opens or closes the nozzle bail. The pump operator is then faced with actual water flow that corresponds to the interior firefighter training activity and must respond accordingly by establishing a water supply, setting relief valves, and monitoring water flows and pressures.
Nozzle pressures and flows are logged and can be monitored and graphed in real time on the instructor’s smartphone or tablet computer, or can be viewed after the training session to quantify pump operator performance. In addition, the FlowFighter nozzle simulator emits blue light when the bail is open to simulate water spray, allowing the instructor inside the building to evaluate attack crew tactics.