Fire Extinguisher Training:
A portable fire extinguisher can save lives and property by putting a small fire out or containing it until the fire department arrives; however portable fire extinguishers have limitations. Because fire grows and spreads so rapidly, the number one priority is for occupants to get out safely.
Most fires start small and can usually be brought under control if they are attacked correctly with the right type and size of extinguisher, and if they are attacked within the first two minutes.
The Mancheste Fire & Rescue offers live fire extinguisher training for businesses and groups, with an emphasis on how and when to use a fire extinguisher, and when to evacuate. The training includes classroom instruction and hands-on training, utilizing our live fire extinguisher prop. Your business or facility will be asked to provide the extinguishers for training and each participant will receive a turn to practice extinguishing a fire.
The training generally takes 60-90 minutes and we recommend a maximum class size of 20 people. Here are some of the topics we will cover:
- The fire triangle
- Classification of fuels
- Types of extinguishers
- Rules for fighting fires
- How to use a fire extinguisher using the P.A.S.S. method
- Pull the pin. Hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you, and release the locking mechanism.
- Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.
- Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.
- Sweep the nozzle from side-to-side.
Firefighters from an engine company assist with the training and are standing by to ensure participants' safety. A firefighter operates the prop's handheld controller which includes an emergency-stop swithc that shuts down the flames instantly.