Health & Safety

April 5, 2012

Fire prevention office provided fire extinguisher-use training

By Joan Vasey
Scout Editor
Photos by Staff Sgt.  Kristine Smedley
Dale Lindner, bus driver, Fort Huachuca Transportation Motor Pool, extinguishes a fire during fire extinguisher training in the VT motor pool on Friday while Benjamin Lomas, fire inspector, Fort Huachuca Fire Department, ensures Perez meets the standards. The training, which involves no chemicals, is environmentally friendly and cost effective.

Members of a contract organization here were shown how to extinguish fires using a special training device Thursday and Friday during training here which not only provided the necessary skills, but did so with no environmental impact.

Seventy-four employees received fire extinguisher use training during one of two class sessions held by the Fort Huachuca Fire Department, Fire Prevention Office at the transportation motor pool and warehouse on post.

Although the fire department has had the new propane-based training unit for over a year, this is the first time it has been used to train a large group.

“Besides reduced costs, the benefit of the new training system is that it uses water and propane, not chemicals that can impact the environment,” said Benjamin Lomas, the fire prevention inspector who conducted the classes. “The system requires little setup and break-down or chemical clean up,” he added.

Previous training was conducted by an off-post contractor and used chemicals and diesel fuels. To prevent environmental impacts, there was need for on-site cleanup once training was conducted.

Now, fire department personnel can teach people to use fire extinguishers safely using the new training unit, which not only does not require the use of potentially harmful chemicals, but also does not require the cost of hiring a contractor to teach the class, Lomas explained.

Fort Huachuca Fire Prevention personnel will teach the class to any group of workers at the request of their agency. The only requirement is the requesting agency furnishes the propane needed to run the unit.

The Fort Huachuca Fire Department introduced the new system to the general public during last year’s 2011 Month of the Military Child celebration at the Thunder Mountain Activity Centre.

“There was good response from the general populace,” Lomas stated, explaining that the training was offered to Fort Huachuca military and contract organizations.

“VT Group was the first organization to take us up on the offer. It is an annual requirement as part of their safety training,” he said.

According to Lomas, the training offers individualized basic education on fire extinguisher use through putting out a simulated fire with water using the training device.

“It takes away fire anxiety. My favorite aspects are the safety and peace of mind it gives people who might be apprehensive about using a fire extinguisher in the event of a real fire.

“This system is easy to use, and there are little to no environmental concerns,” Lomas added. “The system is easy to set up and break down.”

Lomas said the class could take as little as an hour, depending on the size of the group. It can be anything from a basic-use class or could provide in-depth training, depending on what individual needs are.

Those who would like to arrange a fire-extinguisher training session for their personnel should call Lomas, 533.5054 at the Fort Huachuca Fire Prevention Office.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Natalie Lakosil

Annual Installation Awards Banquet honors top personnel

Natalie Lakosil From left, Maj. Gen. Robert Ashley, commanding general, U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence and Fort Huachuca stands with Fort Huachuca’s 2014 winners: Non-commissioned Officer of the Year, Sgt. Brya...
 
 

2015 Army Emergency Relief Annual Campaign

Since its founding during World War ll, Army Emergency Relief (AER) has provided $1.7 billion in interest-free loans and grants to 3.6 million Soldiers in the active component, the Army National Guard, the Army Reserve and among the ranks of the retired. AER financial assistance provides timely care and support to Wounded Warriors, Surviving Spouses...
 
 
Stephanie Caffall

Uncasing ceremony formally welcomes 40th ESB Soldiers home

Stephanie Caffall 40th Expeditionary Signal Battalion Command Sgt. Maj. John Reinburg, left, and Battalion Commander Lt. Col. David Thomas begin the uncasing of the battalion colors. The colors signify the homecoming of the 40t...
 

 
Courtesy of André Douglas

Civilian Expeditionary Workforce offers unique development opportunity to IMCOM employee

Courtesy of André Douglas The Bagram Air Base installation management team — made up of active duty Service members, civilian employees and contractors — pauses for a commemorative photo. SAN ANTONIO — Joining the Civili...
 
 

FH schools to celebrate National Bike to School Day March 06

Students from Colonel Johnston, General Myer and Colonel Smith Middle Schools will be riding or walking to school on March 6 along with parents, teachers and community leaders. The event will begin from 7 to 8:30 a.m. with youth, parents and community leaders riding or walking from parking lot locations listed below or from home....
 
 

CWFC designed to improve employee morale

There’s an organization on post designed to enhance the quality of life for Fort Huachuca federal Civilian employees during and outside of duty hours. The Civilian Welfare Fund Council, or CWFC, Fort Huachuca, is a Category IV Non-appropriated Fund Instrumentality with proceeds from concessionaire commissions. Its purpose is to manage the Civilian Welfare Funds, or...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin