Draeger to Bring Live Fire Training to Fire Departments Across the US

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Free training helps firefighters understand the warning signs of flashover and learn how to use new thermal imaging technology.

Free training helps firefighters understand the warning signs of flashover and learn how to use new thermal imaging technology.

Today Draeger announced that it will bring its Live Fire Training Roadshow to locations across the United States, beginning with a training event in Minneapolis August 15-16. Available to both professional and volunteer firefighters, this live fire experience is essential for departments that might not otherwise have access to such in-depth training due to budget constraints and lack of available courses in their local area. Draeger is providing the training free of charge.

“Today’s fires burn hotter and faster and are more deadly because building materials and internal furnishings have changed,” says Les Boord, Fire Service and Federal Government Marketing Manager with Draeger Safety, Inc. “As a result, yesterday’s techniques won’t work anymore. Firefighters need to protect themselves better and gain knowledge of current fire hazards, such as the phenomenon called flashover. Draeger’s live fire training provides a venue in a safe and controllable environment.”

The objective of the Draeger Live Fire Training events is to provide hands-on preparation to build various firefighter skills using training systems and protective equipment manufactured by Draeger. The curriculum includes flashover training, which gives firefighters the opportunity to learn to recognize and observe the development of flashover, a phenomenon that is one of the leading causes of death for firefighters. In addition to learning flashover prevention and delay techniques, participants will learn how thermal balance and off-gassing can impact effective firefighting techniques, as well as effective ventilation and nozzle techniques.

Participants will also learn how to use the latest thermal imaging technology in training provided by SAFE-IR, INC., the most experienced group of thermal imaging instructors in the fire service. Today’s thermal imaging cameras can help firefighters see into hard-to-reach places, search for down victims, and determine hotspots that could potentially erupt after a fire is extinguished.

Initial locations and times for the Draeger Live Fire Training events include:

  • August 15-16: Minneapolis, MN (Minneapolis Fire Department Training Facility)
  • August 22-23: Taylor, MI (outside Detroit; Wayne County Community College District Downriver Campus)
  • Sept 4-5: Des Moines, IA (Des Moines Fire Department Training Facility)

For additional information about the training programs offered, locations, and times, and to sign up for free training at a Draeger Live Fire Training Roadshow event, visit http://www.draeger.com/roadshow.

Draeger. Technology for Life®
Draeger is an international leader in the fields of medical and safety technology. Our products protect, support and save lives. Founded in 1889, in 2013 Draeger generated revenues of around EUR 2.37 billion. The Draeger Group is currently present in more than 190 countries and has about 13,500 employees worldwide. Please visit http://www.draeger.com for more information.

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