VC Fire Academy builds simulator on campus

April 23, 2011 at 5:02 p.m.
Updated April 22, 2011 at 11:23 p.m.

Members of Victoria College's Fire Academy recently constructed a simulation building using an old sked that had been sitting idle at the city's fire drill field.

The sked, which is a portable metal structure, was donated in November 2004 by Tri Point Energy Services.

VC's Fire Academy coordinator Kelly Phelps and adjunct instructor James Rosenquest constructed a number of simulators on the sked so that VC Fire Academy students could get hands-on training with such skills as forcible entry, roof ventilation, sprinkler systems, ladder drills and cutting burglar bars. The sked also gives students the ability to practice using a pike pole to overhaul a ceiling, which gives the firefighter access above a drop ceiling or into attic space to reach a fire.

Currently, Phelps and Rosenquest are adding on the other half of the roof so that the structure will be fully roofed and enclosed, enabling students to practice attic crawling and other skills.

"The sked allows these students to perform a lot more advanced skill training here on campus," said Phelps. "The students really appreciate having this facility available here, and it will be even better when we complete the additions."



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