Qualicum Beach seeks funding from UBCM for digital fire training system – Parksville Qualicum Beach News

There is now a plan to establish a regional digital fire training system at the Qualicum Beach Fire Department.

The system, which will be installed in the department’s common fire training building, will be used for fire extinguisher training, fire drills and drills, in partnership with the Coombs-Hilliers Volunteer Fire Department and the Dashwood Volunteer Fire Department.

The Qualicum Beach Council on August 24 approved a staff recommendation to authorize the submission of a regional grant application to the UBCM Emergency Preparedness Fund for a total of $90,000.

The city is vying for the funds as the primary applicant, with secondary applicants being Coombs-Hilliers VFD and Dashwood VFD. Each department is eligible for a maximum of $30,000, with a combined total of $90,000. This grant program can cover up to 100% of the cost of eligible activities.

This regional project will provide each partner fire department with a cost-effective way to gain access to simulated live fire training near their fire protection area, rather than funding digital three-way fire training systems. separate places.

The digital fire training system uses digital panels linked to a smoke generator to produce realistic simulations of flames, sound and smoke. The technology can create Class A and B fires in a range of different sizes. Each digital fire responds to either a garden hose or a digital hose and nozzle.

The system can be used in locations where actual fires are not possible, while also eliminating unnecessary exposure to health and environmental hazards. The size, versatility and mounting options make it quick and easy to move digital panels and fire location to different rooms, giving firefighters a variety of fire locations in one training session.

The system is also scalable and digital panels can be linked together to create fire extensions. The smoke generator can also create low visibility conditions using vapor conversion technology. Each panel can also be used independently to train firefighters and the public in the use of fire extinguishers.

The Qualicum Beach fire hall and training grounds are used several times a week for local firefighter training sessions. The lands are also used several times a year for regional training, with the most recent example being June 2022, when more than 60 firefighters from Powell River to North Cowichan received forward nozzle training on this site.

— NEWS Staff

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