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Most don't realize the level of training that Volunteer Fire Departments go through. I'm sure there are probably those departments that don't take it serious, but in ours I'd put our guys up against a paid department any day. It was fun watching the young guys go through the burn trailer exercises, and I couldn't help but feel a little down that my days of doing it are gone forever. We almost had a real life emergency during the training. The trailer has the capability of simulating a Flash Over (the near-simultaneous ignition of the directly exposed combustible material in the smoke of an enclosed area), but it had mechanical problems and was supposed to be locked out. Apparently the guy operating the controls accidentally pushed the wrong button while some guys were inside, unprepared. Fortunately it only puffed, but the heat was enough to almost melt a few helmets of those who had been standing, and brought home the importance of always being prepared.
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This is a great set. My pick out of these has to be #2.
 

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Yes a great set, and also #2 is my pick, although I would clone out the white line that runs each side of his head.
 

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This is a great set. My pick out of these has to be #2.
Yes a great set, and also #2 is my pick, although I would clone out the white line that runs each side of his head.
Thanks guys, the 2nd shot wasn't meant to be a serious effort, it's a shot of the graphic the driver side of the trailer. The white lines are scratches from limbs, etc, that made contact, look closely you'll also see the rivets. Shot 1 is the passenger side of the trailer, check out the graphic at the back - it's the front view of the graphic in shot #2. They did the same thing with the image at the front of the trailer, but the view on the driver's side is to cluttered for a good shot. The Fire College has 4 of these trailers that travel around the state.
 

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Great pics. :)

They remind me of my Royal Navy basic training days back in the early '70s - it was the first time I'd seen BA gear, let alone get to use it in real fire (controlled) in the pitch black mock up of a ship. :eek:
 

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Great pics. :)

They remind me of my Royal Navy basic training days back in the early '70s - it was the first time I'd seen BA gear, let alone get to use it in real fire (controlled) in the pitch black mock up of a ship. :eek:
I was a VFFR for 20 yrs, so I've been through these, as well as the real thing. The guys that designed these trailers are devious. Put someone in a claustrophobic space, add smoke to drop the visibility to zero, throw in enough heat to cook a turkey, position all kinds of crazy hazards to get caught up in, and its' easy to get disoriented, you really have to keep your wits about you. Seen a few drug out by the straps, when they freaked out. If it's going to happen, better it happens in a controlled environment then on a real fire.
 
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