Corporate History

The evolution of fire extinguisher training

In the early 1990s, the landscape of fire extinguisher training was very different. Fire simulation was just an idea. Resources like the Internet weren't yet available to the public; offices couldn't conduct fire extinguisher training sessions via teleconference or webcam.

Instead, fire extinguisher training was traditionally available only to a select few. Companies would appoint various “first responders” and train them to use fire extinguishers, assess how to respond to various fires and decide on whether to fight a fire or flee.

But what if certain first responders weren't available at times of crisis? Most companies couldn't afford to send the rest of their employees off site to live fire extinguisher training sessions – too much travel time and overall costs. In a fire emergency, chances were that most people in a given office or industrial setting weren't properly educated on how to handle the situation.

Administering fire extinguisher training at each work site could at least cut travel costs, but permission to free-burn in the 1990s was difficult to achieve. Depending on the substance being burned, these fires often emitted toxic chemicals that threatened the physical safety of trainees and neighbouring companies. Simply put, training with real fire was dangerous and messy. Ever see a live fire extinguisher in use? It's not an easy cleanup and it's expensive to recharge one.

Even though they were real, these fires rarely produced a true fire extinguisher training experience as most of them were so small that any technique could successfully put them out. There had to be a better way to bring fire training into the office while eliminating the costs and safety concerns. In 1993, Pyrosoft discovered it.

Let there be ‘fire simulation'

It started with a simple electronic system, comprised of an eight-bit processor and an LCD panel with simple text to change difficulty settings. Migrating the simulator to the high-tech computer program it is today wasn't easy; it was especially difficult ensuring that the virtual extinguishing agent accurately represented good or bad application technique.

Fire extinguisher training made safe, easy and cost-effective

There's a right and wrong way to handle a fire extinguisher safely and effectively. We've long since passed the days of “spray and prey” that the fire goes out.

With Pyrosoft equipment you'll learn the right way in a friendly and supportive environment. Intuitive and easy to operate, it's fire extinguisher training that makes sense and saves cents, costing a fraction of what it did to train employees two decades ago.

All you have to do is reserve the training room and schedule the sessions.

Contact Pyrosoft Inc. for the best in Fire Simulation and Fire Extinguisher Training. You'll be glad you did!

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