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Training Today’s New Jail Staff for Tomorrow’s Fire
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By Mark Adger, Colonel, and Dawn Adams, Building Service Manager, Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, Atlanta, Georgia

A jail that has recently experienced a fire and smoke incident has a heightened awareness of the need for effective fire response training. The Fulton County Jail used a 2014 incident to prompt a revamp of its fire safety training, including the adoption ofimage scenario-based training that uses fire and smoke simulation technology. The system allows the jail to deliver effective fire safety training with no danger to personnel and at a low cost.

The incident simulator records the time it takes officer trainees to extinguish the “fire”—using a model extinguisher equipped with a laser—and remove a dummy to safety. The training program also includes classroom time, written pre- and post-tests, and live demonstration of skills using a standard fire extinguisher.


Posted Mon, Jul 27 2015 7:00 AM by Elizabeth


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