DATE: September 22, 2021
CONTACT: Meghan Barwick, Public Information Officer
Telephone: (229) 671-2400
Lowndes County Fire Rescue Builds Roof Simulator
Lowndes County, Georgia: Lowndes County Fire Rescue (LCFR) has deployed a roof breaching simulator on the department training grounds that could possibly save a life one day. It's called a 'Roof Training Simulator' and firefighters are using it to mimic the real-life situation of a fire inside a building.
One of the most difficult areas to provide firefighters with hands on training is roof work. During a fire in a structure, firefighters use a special ladder with hooks at the tip that allow firefighters to safely climb the roof. Once they make access, firefighters utilize tools to cut a ventilation hole in the roof of the structure. This allows smoke, heat, and fire gases to escape, providing more favorable conditions for the crews searching for victims and/or extinguishing the fire.
Because of the destructive nature of this work, training is usually done on buildings that are being demolished or on disposable roof simulators. Buildings that are scheduled for demolition are often difficult to obtain due to insurance constraints and lack of availability and disposable simulators are cost prohibitive when dealing with multiple classes being taught each year.
With the addition of the new simulator, made available using materials donated by Conrad Seasholtz at Southland Metal Roofing & Supply, the versatility and affordability of this new prop offers LCFR a wide variety of quality training evolutions enabling them to conduct realistic training scenarios and simulations of cutting ventilation holes in a safe and controlled environment.
Chief Lloyd Green, Lowndes County Fire Rescue states, “These simulations are another training tool to help our firefighters stay current with equipment and techniques that could eventually save lives”.
For more information on Lowndes County Fire Rescue visit www.lowndescounty.com.