The pump operations training simulator was delivered on Friday to the Howard County Volunteer Fire Department. This was a purchase that had been previously approved by the Howard County Commissioners’ Court and was determined to be able to cut training costs for the HCVFD and actually pay for itself in less than 4 years. Tommy Sullivan, Chief of HCVFD, told our news partners at CBS 7 “that the simulator will keep firefighters safe and sharp, as they can go through this training once a month instead of once a year.”
A demonstration was conducted by Jeff Clifton, Founder of Fire Department International. Clifton says that the pump operations training simulator was created to safely train firefighters by recreating stressful scenarios in a safe environment while being monitored by a fire instructor. It also decreases the amount of water that is consumed during training because in a regular hands-on training day, the training simulator will flow over 225,000 gallons of water, but will only consume approximately 2,000 gallons.
Clifton is a graduate of Coahoma High School and was actually trained to be a firefighter by Chief Sullivan before moving to Fort Worth, Texas where he was with the Ft. Worth Fire Department for 15 years. He later went on to create Fire Department International in 2004.
(Photo: The pump operations training simulator with a graphic that was designed by HCVFD, Chief Tommy Sullivan and his family.)