Firefighting

SURVIVAL TRAINING IN THE FLASHOVER SIMULATOR

Issue 6 and Volume 148.

SURVIVAL TRAINING IN THE FLASHOVER SIMULATOR BY JERRY KNAPP AND CHRISTIAN DELISIO The flashover simulator is a training unit designed by the Swedish National Survival Board in 1986. It is the first segment of a four-stage firefighting system. This first stage involves trainees as observers only; subsequent stages take firefighters through practical, hands-on suppression methodologies. This article covers only the first stage of the Swedish system. The flashover simulator consists of two all-metal (14-gauge steel) shipping containers: the burn module and the observation module. They are connected and are open to each other at the connection point. The burn module–elevated three feet higher than the observation module–is 10 feet long, eight feet high, and eight feet wide; the observation module 20 feet long, eight feet high, and eight feet wide. Total weight of the two modules is 6,500 pounds. There are three doors to the unit: the back/side entry door…

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