Fire Extinguisher EDUCATION AND Training PROGRAM
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Did you know that OSHA and the uniform code mandates that employers provide an educational program and training on the proper use of fire extinguishers upon initial employment and annually thereafter?
In a fire emergency, 61% of people will grab a fire extinguisher and use it. Unfortunately, fewer than 50% of those–less than 30% overall–will actually be able to extinguish the fire. With proper fire extinguisher training, the success rate increases to 98%.
Vanguard’s Portable Hand Operated Fire Extinguisher Education and Training Program, satisfies OSHA requirements for annual incipient fire training (29 CFR Section 1910.157 g). and can reduce or even eliminate downtime and damage caused by incipient-stage fires. Our certified, factory-trained, technicians travel to your test site with the appropriate equipment and customized course material to educate and train your employees on the proper use of portable hand operated fire extinguishers.
A typical class size is between 15-24 employees. Depending on the topics and type of fires fought by each employee, a class generally runs 2.5 to 3 hours.
Two Part Program:
Indoor classroom EDUCATION and outdoor hands-on TRAINING
Indoor Classroom Education
Classroom education typically covers, but is not limited to, these topics:
- Basic fire safety concepts
- Emergency preparedness
- Employer's procedure in case of fire
- Fire class identification — how they burn differently and how each is fought
- Types of fire extinguishers — their characteristics, proper use and limitations
- Matching extinguishers to fire class
- Fire protection equipment installed at their place of employment
- Fire situation assessment — to fight or flight
- Home fire safety concepts
- Various suppression agents
- Fire class identification
- Proper use of a fire extinguisher
Classroom education program includes:
- Certified Instructor
- Video demonstration
- Written Test
- Certificate of Completion
Outdoor Hands-on Training
Outdoor hands-on training demonstrates hazard approach tactics, sweep techniques, and extinguishing simulated propane-fed fires. Following the demonstration, each attendee is walked through the complete process, skillfully guided by the instructor, to put into practice their newly acquired knowledge. Wheeled fire extinguishers will be made available for facilities maintaining special hazards such as helipads and flammable liquid/chemical storage.
Additional Topics To Consider
- Large hand operated wheeled fire extinguishers
- Detection and actuation suppression systems
- Clean agent fire suppression
- CO2 fire extinguishers
Common Hazards Taken Into Consideration
- Cooking Equipment/Kitchens
- Data Centers/Computer Operations
- Document and Archive Storage Areas
- Electrical, Machinery, Mechanical and Generator Rooms
- Flammable Liquid/Chemical Storage
- Laboratories and Medical Diagnostic Rooms
- Satisfies OSHA requirements for annual incipient fire training (29 CFR Section 1910.157 g)
- Safer work environment while employees receive the knowledge and skill that carries over to their home and family
- Loss and downtown due to a fire can be reduced or eliminated
- Understanding of basic fire concepts
- Emergency preparedness
- How to react in the event of a fire
- Understanding of different classes of fire and which type of extinguisher is required
- Correct use of a fire extinguisher
- Hands-on training and live-fire extinguishing
- Meeting space capable of seating participants and displaying props
- Outdoor area for hands-on training that is at least 75 feet away from vegetation, fences, buildings, cars and escape route
- Access to water hook up and hose
- Municipal burning permit if required
- Scheduling of employees
“We were very pleased with the fire safety training that you provided our nursing home staff. In fact, as pleased as we were with last year’s training, you still managed to further impress us with the enhanced improvements of you equipment. The setup of your equipment in our parking lot looked very professional and helped advertise to our clients, families, and community that we take safety very seriously at our facility. We look forward to scheduling this again next year with your company.”
Scott – Lutheran Social Services of Michigan
“Several of our team members had never used or even held a fire extinguisher before this class. The amazing hands-on training utilizing dry chemical fire extinguishers allowed our staff to develop their skills and increase their confidence by actually extinguishing a live fire. Unsolicited feedback indicated that everyone learned a lot and had fun at the same time.”
Michael – Duncan Aviation
“I thought the class was better than I anticipated it being. I sensed that our instructor was very knowledgeable and also has a passion for what he was doing. I’m not sure if I had ever thought about the different types of fires and the agents needed to put out a fire before taking this class. It is easy to think that in the event of a fire the first thing to do is just throw water on it. That could prove disastrous in some situations. Because of this presentation, I feel that if a fire should occur, I would be able to make the decisions necessary to handle the situation safely.”
Tom – Spartan Stores
“Extinguishing a small fire or controlling a fire before the fire department arrives while using the proper fire extinguisher may prevent loss of life or significantly reduce property damage. This class teaches the student when it is appropriate to try to fight a fire, and when it is not, or to fight of flight. Fire prevention is critical for the protection of life and property, and the home fire safety tips included in each class will benefit everyone on and off the job. This is an excellent opportunity to train employees in a controlled setting learning basic fundamentals before facing a potentially devastating fire emergency.”
Tim – Kentwood Professional Firefighters
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