Firefighter Training, Firefighting

Fox News Covers Miami Department of Fire-Rescue’s Collapsed-Building Simulator

Recently, WSVN-TV7, the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale Fox News station, paid a visit to the Training Division of the Department of Fire-Rescue for the city of Miami to see their latest training tool for first responders. Manufactured to the division’s specifications by Personal Protection Equipment Specialists, Inc. (PPES) of Kemblesville, PA, the Guardian is a mobile Safety and Survival Systems Simulator that replicates hundreds of disaster scenarios first responders will encounter.

“As soon as it came across my desk, I knew we needed it,” said Craig Radelman, Chief of Training. The new acquisition allows first responders to receive ongoing training at all 14 fire stations that make up the Miami Department of Fire-Rescue.

The Guardian was designed by Tom Quinn, president of  PPES, in response to his observations while providing support services at Ground Zero during the 9/11 rescue efforts. “It seemed clear that our first responders were  being hindered by the limited training that was in place at that time,” he said. “Now that it was been used by thousands of first responders, the one comment I hear over and over, is about how realistic training in the Guardian really is.”

Lt. Carlos Soldevilla of the Department of Fire-Rescue, Miami, agrees. “Now that we have this simulator, we’re able to make it as real as possible [while] keeping it as controlled as possible.”

The FOC-Channel 7 coverage provides an in-depth understanding of this innovative training unit and how it effectively provides training that will help save lives. The news segment can be viewed at the WSVN website at  HYPERLINK “”

The Department of Fire-Rescue, Training Division for the city of Miami, is the most recent in the  growing list of organizations to purchase the Guardian, including Rhode Island Urban Search & Rescue, Washington Township Fire District in New Jersey and the Pennsylvania Fire Academy in Norristown, PA.