Firefighters train using live burn simulator

By Stephanie Potter
Pittsburg Morning Sun – June 19, 2017

Photo by Stephanie Potter

Firefighters experienced what a live fire feels and looks like during a special training session Saturday.

The simulation was hosted by the Pittsburg Fire Department in conjunction with the University of Kansas. Firefighters from the Pittsburg, Frontenac and Cherryvale fire departments were present for the training.

“The younger ones may not have seen a house fire yet,” Pittsburg Fire Chief Mike Simons said.

“They get to see and feel what it is like.”

The university brings a mobile interior firefighting simulator to fire departments across Kansas at no cost to the department.

KU Fire Rescue Training Institute Fire Instructor Eric Ganson and two other instructors, Shon Price and Erik Wood came to Pittsburg to help with the training.

“The training is to help them feel comfortable and expose them to fire fighting,” Ganson said.

Pittsburg Firefighter Andrew Kirksey said the simulator is as close as it gets to a real fire.

“It is hot in the room and the vision is low,” he said. “It is great for practicing the fundamentals.”


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