Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Mess-Free Fire Extinguisher Training

Most families have a fire extinguisher in their home.  This extinguisher can be utilized to quickly and safely extinguish the majority of fires when they start in their home.  Unfortunately, most adults have not had fire extinguisher training.  This means that in an emergency, they won't know how to use the tools they have to help put out the fire before it quickly spreads.

Many fire departments offer training for their local residents.  But, between the fire extinguishers and their discharge, the cost of such trainings can be quite expensive and messy.  With the BullsEye Extinguisher Training system, those issues are soon to be in the past.

The BullsEye is a state of the art training tool that uses digital flame generation and patented sensor technology to demonstrate proper fire extinguishing techniques.  It senses the location of the trainee, if the trainee has properly aimed the extinguisher and if the trainee is properly sweeping the nozzle of the extinguisher. The system varies the digital flames in response, only extinguishing the fire if the proper technique is used.

So, how does it work?  The BullsEye unit uses hundreds of LEDs and an on-board microprocessor to dynamically generate digital flames. Depending on the class of fire and level of difficulty selected by the instructor, the flames will grow, diminish and respond as the trainee attempts to extinguish the simulated fire.
Trainees can fight the digital fire using either a laser-driven infrared extinguisher or a pressurized air/water SmartExtinguisher. The sensors on the BullsEye unit allow the system to interact with the trainee and detect where and how the trainee is using either style of training extinguisher. In each case, the system responds by increasing or decreasing the size of the flames in the area the user is targeting, relative to the trainee’s technique and efforts.  To successfully extinguish the fire, the trainee must sweep the extinguisher across the base of the fire. If the trainee aims just below or just above the base, the flames will diminish, but will not be extinguished. If the trainee aims at only one s
ide of the fire, that side will be extinguished while the other side continues to grow.

Because the BullsEye does not utilize real flames or actual fire extinguisher discharge, it can safely be utilized for training in virtually any location and with people of varying ages.  It also allows departments to easily train numerous people without having to worry about refilling standard extinguishers.

To learn more, check out the following video:

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