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Canon City area firefighters training with high-tech facility

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FIRST TONIGHT AT SIX, WATCHING OUT FOR YOUR SAFETY FREMONT COUNTY, AS SOUTHERN COLORADO FIREFIGHTERS HONE THEIR SKILLS IN A STATE OF THE ART TRAINING FACILITY THIS WEEK

THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF FIRE PREVENTION AND CONTROL'S LIVE FIRE TRAILER IS IN CANON CITY FOR A WEEK OF HANDS-ON TRAINING

NEWS FIVE'S SAM KRAEMER GETTING A LOOK AT THE TRAILER TODAY HE'S IN THE NEWSROOM WITH HOW IT WORKS

THIS TRAILER PUMPS OUT FIRE, SMOKE AND HEAT — JUST LIKE A REAL STRUCTURE FIRE WOULD BUT ITS SAFETY TECHNOLOGY — FROM TURN OFF SWITCHES TO VIDEO CAMERAS — IS WHAT SETS THIS HALF-A- MILLION-DOLLAR TRAINING FACILITY APART FROM THE REST NATS POWERED BY A GENERATOR — THIS 53-FOOT-LONG TRAILER IS MUCH MORE THAN A SEMI-TRUCK PAYLOAD IT'S A STATE OF THE ART TRAINING FACILITY FOR STRUCTURE FIREFIGHTING WILSON 9 "HERE IN CANON, WE DON'T GET A LOT OF FIRES SO ANYTIME YOU CAN GO INTO A HEATED ENVIRONMENT WITH FLAME, WE ENJOY IT

AND WITH A CONTROLLED SETTING LIKE IT IS, IT'S VERY BENEFICIAL" THE CANON CITY AREA FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT IS HOSTING THE TRAILER — AND TRAINING IN IT — ALL WEEK LONG USING PROPANE — INSTRUCTORS AND CHIEFS CAN INITIATE A SCENARIO SIMILAR TO A STRUCTURE FIRE

NATS WITH REAL FLAMES AND SMOKE A TRAINING OPPORTUNITY RURAL DEPARTMENTS DON'T OFTEN GET

ROBERTS 13 "WE DO NOT HAVE A DEDICATED TRAINING FACILITY, NEITHER DOES FLORENCE OR PENROSE OR ANY OF EASTERN FREMONT COUNTY SO HAVING A FACILITY LIKE THIS COME TO US ACTUALLY ALLLOWS US TO HAVE THE SAME KIND OF TRAINING THAT A MUCH LARGER METRO AREA FACILITIES HAVE" BUT PERHAPS THE MOST IMPORTANT FEATURES ON THE TRAILER ARE FOCUSED ON SAFETY SWITCHES ACROSS THE UNIT ALLOW FOR AN EMERGENCY SHUT-OFF — SHOULD SOMETHING GO WRONG

ROBERTS 10 "IN THE EVENT OF A PROBLEM IN THERE, WITH ONE THROW OF A BUTTON, MOVING ONE SWITCH, AND THERE'S SAFETIES ALL THROUGHOUT IF ANYBODY HITS THE STOP BUTTONS, THE FIRE GOES OUT THE FANS COME ON, AND IT COOLS OFF IMMEDIATELY

" IT ALSO INCLUDES CAMERAS INSIDE — SO INSTRUCTORS CAN WATCH WHAT'S HAPPENING AND FIREFIGHTERS LIKE CALEB WILSON — CAN THEN GO BACK AND CRITIQUE THEIR OWN WORK WILSON 6 "IT'S VERY BENEFICIAL NOT TOO MANY TIMES YOU GET TO GO BACK AND PRESS REWIND AND SEE WHAT WENT ON INSIDE

" AS CANON CITY — AND ALL OF THE DEPARTMENT'S MUTUAL AID PARTNERS — PREPARE FOR A TOP-NOTCH TRAINING OPPORTUNITY RIGHT IN THEIR BACK YARD ROBERTS 8 "WE CAN READ ABOUT IT IN BOOKS

WE CAN STUDY WE CAN DO ALL OF THESE THINGS, BUT UNTIL YOU ARE ACTUALLY INSIDE A STRUCTURE THAT'S DARK, THAT'S SMOKY, THAT HAS SOME FIRE IN FRONT OF YOU IT'S A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT ANIMAL

" THE TRAILER — WHICH COST 500- THOUSAND DOLLARS — WAS PURCHASED BY THE STATE THROUGH A FEMA GRANT — AND DOES NOT COST DEPARTMENTS ANYTHING BUT THE PROPANE NEEDED TO FUEL THE FLAMES AND FIREFIGHTERS WILL BE TRAINING ON IT TONIGHT AT SEVEN O'CLOCK — SO IF YOU SEE SMOKE IN THE AREA — THAT IS LIKELY WHY ALWAYS WATCHING OUT FOR

Source: Youtube

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