Miami Department of Fire-Rescue Takes Delivery of Mobile Training Simulator

On Thursday, July 11, 2013, the Training Division of the Department of Fire-Rescue for the city of Miami took delivery of the Guardian Safety and Survival Training System Simulator manufactured by Personal Protection Equipment Specialists (PPES) of Lincoln University, PA.

“As soon as it came across my desk, I knew we needed it,” says Craig Radelman, chief of training. The new acquisition will allow first responders at all 14 fire stations that make up the Miami Department of Fire-Rescue the ability to receive ongoing confined-space training among other training scenarios, including sewer-line rescue, railcar leakage, window repelling/rescue, and leaking gas cylinder. Because the unit is completely mobile, it can be transported to various locations for on-site training programs, significantly reducing out-of-service time. “Instead of having to take first responders away from their stations to a training center, we can bring the Guardian to the station. While one team is training, the other two crews can still be running calls,” notes Radelman. Additionally, the unit could be transported to Technical Rescue Stations, Hazmat Teams, Search and Rescue Operations, as well as other special units.

The Guardian offers much more than time efficiency. It offers a complete training program, easily customized, and easily updated. The unit is designed to safely train the rescuer by simulating a building collapse where the third floor has collapsed onto of the second floor and the second floor has pancaked onto the ground floor. Hindered by zero visibility, smoke and debris, encumbered by pounds of protective gear and bulky breathing apparatus, the rescuers will find themselves bringing all their training into play. Such hands-on experience allows them to perfect such necessary techniques as cutting through rebar, stabilizing collapsed environments, cribbing, jacking, breaching, shoring up flooring, and packaging victims–all in total darkness. The command center allows for continuous monitoring and recording of the training, thanks to a bank of video cameras inside and out with infrared cameras able to cut through the total darkness of the interior.

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