HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah — Earlier this year, Fire and Emergency Services at Hill Air Force Base received three new fire trucks to enhance the department’s ability to respond to fires and other emergencies.
Now, the addition of a new, high-tech pump operations simulator will serve to improve the training base firefighters receive by honing their skills to respond to any number of contingencies.
Master Sgt. Joshua Blair, deputy fire chief, said the purpose of the simulator is to supplement pump training firefighters get on an actual fire engine apparatus.
“The biggest advantage to this trainer is our driver operators have the opportunity to prepare for any emergency scenario and practice malfunctions in a controlled environment,” Blair said.
The $63,000 simulator is designed to function similar to a fire engine pump panel. The trainer is outfitted with realistic components and functionality and gives firefighters an authentic training experience that includes all the lights, horns, sirens and vibrations a firefighter would experience during a real-world emergency call.