Company wins two Telly Awards for innovative firefighter training videos
Vol. 26 Winter
Industrial fire brigades provide the first line of defense against fires at nuclear power plants, coal plants, refineries and many other industrial sites with industrial-sized hazards. To fill a gap in the training needed specifically for industrial settings, Action Training Systems has developed Industrial Fire Brigades, a multimedia training series teaching to the requirements of NFPA 1081, a national professional standard for industrial fire brigade members. After the announcement of the 2011 Tellys, Industrial Fire Brigades by Action Training Systems has now become an award winning series nationally recognized for its excellence.
Poulsbo, Washington, July 12, 2011 - Given the current backdrop of global concern for the safety of industrial sites, training for the personnel that fight fires behind the gates of the nation’s power plants, chemical plants and factories is paramount. Industrial fire brigade training gives these on-site workers the ability to prevent or safely extinguish the flames before they become disasters that affect their properties, their employees and the surrounding communities.
As a top training chief of a major nuclear power site relayed to Action Training Systems, “There’s a host of manuals and other materials for municipal firefighters out there, but industrial firefighting is very specialized.” Action Training System’s President George Avila recognized the need for industrial specific training and began production on what would eventually become a 23-part award winning series.
Showing fires and fire control techniques by real fire brigade members is Industrial Fire Brigades: Incipient Level and Industrial Fire Brigades: Exterior & Structural. Trainers appreciate the quality of the content because their own crews provided many of the demonstrations, which were shot on location at such places as Cooper Nuclear Station and Gerald Gentleman Station in 2009 and 2010, as well as Agrium sites in Canada. The actual industrial fire brigades at these sites participated in the development of the series.
The training is as close to reality as you can get it, but at the same time, it always emphasizes the safety aspects of the response – how to respond to dangerous situations. That’s what makes this series so unique – its authenticity and the realism in the training content.
Instructors can now run students through the training on DVD or CBT (computer based training) in a classroom environment before students begin hands on training. Each program is instructionally designed, taking the student through each training objective step by step.
The programs teach specifically to the skill and knowledge requirements of NFPA 1081, Standard for Industrial Fire Brigade Member Professional Qualifications.
The first series of 12 programs helps train industrial fire brigade members to the incipient level, providing the capability to extinguish small fires while wearing normal work clothing.
The second series teaches to the advanced exterior and interior structural levels of NFPA 1081. The programs provide step-by-step demonstrations for using personal protective clothing, SCBA, hose lines, ladders, search and rescue techniques, access and forcible entry equipment and techniques, water supply, ventilation, foam operations and the basic techniques for controlling interior and exterior industrial fires, including tank fires.
Action Training Systems is a multimedia development company and worldwide leader in providing innovative training systems for emergency responders. The company provides quality video demonstrations on DVD and interactive CBT (computer-based training) programs and simulator programs on the Iluminar Learning Management System (LMS) software platform. All programs are reviewed by renowned subject matter experts aiding in content creation through the production of multimedia training tools, which is why ATS is renowned for its exceptional real life content.
Action Training Systems produces training programs for firefighters in the private and public sector based on nationally accepted training standards and only uses real industrial fire brigade and fire department personnel to ensure the integrity and authenticity of the skills that are demonstrated and captured on video. Other training systems include municipal firefighter training, EMS, HAZMAT, Fire Service Rescue, The Essentials of Fire Fighting and more. For more information, visit www.action-training.com.