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Fire & Rescue Service Benefits From 'Lifesaving' Training Aid
By: CAS Dataloggers
Firefighters wearing a breathing apparatus and protective clothing often work in smoke-filled environments where visibility is almost non-existent, hearing is limited because of the roar of the fire and the noise of the equipment, the sense of smell and taste is rendered useless by the breathing apparatus, and any sense of touch is hampered by the wearing of thick gloves.
Under such conditions, training is paramount for the protection of firefighters. Early systems for capturing performance information during fire and rescue training sessions had suffered from water and condensation damage and were prone to giving inaccurate and inconsistent results.
CAS worked with a fire and rescue training organization to develop a reliable and waterproof universal input data logger to provide firefighters with a second-by-second record of how quickly and effectively they brought a blaze under control. The specially packaged Squirrel SQ16 series data logger has proved so successful under rigorous test conditions that the service company is recommending the logger to other fire rescue and service training organizations. The data logger is crucial in training firefighters to control potentially lethal blaze conditions such as 'flashover' and 'backdraft'.
The newly modified Squirrel SQ16 series data logger is a vital part of a training regime that relies on developing substantial fires in the confined spaces of specially modified steel cargo containers in patterns and intensities that replicate realistic conditions and are repeatable so firefighters can effectively tackle the same fires over and over again.
Three sensors are fitted in the containers at head height; standing, kneeling down, and in the crawling position. As a training firefighter tackles a blaze, the logger plots the temperature from the three sensors at one-second intervals. The universal input logger is then simply plugged into a PC and the data is downloaded. The data from each sensor is displayed on one graph so the firefighter and instructors can analyze performance in the classroom later.
Accurately logged data also has a vital health & safety role to play in the fire & rescue training environment. If an officer is injured during training, the logger can help reveal the problem. One instructor commented, "The new data logging system developed by CAS and ourselves is the best on the market. It is robust, easy to use, and accurate. We are so pleased with it that we are actively recommending that other training organizations should be using it."
For further information on the newly modified Grant Squirrel SQ16 series data logger, or to find the ideal solution for your application-