Donation Helps with Van Buren VFD Rescue Training

September 25, 2009 - Van Buren, Missouri

Assistant Fire Chief Frank J. Schryner, Jr.

As part of the Blue Planet Lighting Fogger Donation Program that took place during the summer, the Van Buren Volunteer Fire Department received a LeMaitre Stage Fogger DMX at absolutely no charge.

During part of their new training exercises, Van Buren's own Frank Schryner took some pictures and sent them along with some captions showing the new fogger in use.

Blue Planet received the following letter from the Van Buren Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief:

"I am pleased to send you a few pictures of our first "test use" of the wonderful smoke & fog machine your Company so graciously donated to the Van Buren (MO) Volunteer Fire Department. 

Van Buren VFD Rescue Training
Van Buren VFD Rescue Training
This is a picture showing the smoke billowing out of the bus just before a fire fighter entered it for a rescue run.
This picture shows many of the firefighters that were on hand for this class, as well as a firefighter getting escorted up to the smoke filled bus for a rescue attempt via the front door.

On Saturday, September 19 we held a School Bus Rescue Training Class here in Van Buren.  In addition to our VBVFD firefighters, we had men from Elsinore, Ellington, Grandin and Garwood, MO who all participated in this class which was provided by Instructor Mr. Jerry Miller, and the University of Missouri for our certification.

Van Buren VFD Rescue Training
Van Buren VFD Rescue Training
The picture above shows a firefighter with a beer can he retrieved that was hidden inside the smoke filled bus by MUFRTI Instructor Jerry Miller. 
This picture shows another firefighter getting his gear on to go inside the smoke filled bus while another firefighter from Grandin watches the action.

Prior to doing the actual rescue portion in which the firefighters used hydraulic tools, as well as various hand tools to gain entry to the bus to effect simulated rescue scenarios, we filled the bus with heavy smoke using the new smoke machine provided to us by Blue Planet Lighting.  This machine is a blast to use ! ! ! !  We plugged it in, and in no time flat we had the bus filled with non-toxic smoke that our firefighters could enter and do a simulated search.  The conditions were absolutely the same as real fire, without the fire or any toxic fumes.

Van Buren VFD Rescue Training
Van Buren VFD Rescue Training
This picture shows firefighters getting ready to enter the rear of the bus for a search.  Note the smoke from the front door as well.
This picture shows a firefighter getting ready to enter the rear of the bus through the rear evacuation door to do a search and rescue run.

We plan to use this machine during Fire Prevention Week at school, teaching the wee ones how to react to emergency situations in a smokey environment, such as their classroom.  The teachers are excited about teaching the kids with a real time situation such as what we are planning."

Respectfully submitted by,
Frank J. Schryner, Jr.
Assistant Fire Chief
Van Buren Volunteer
Fire Department
Van Buren, MO

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