A Virtual Platform for Real Pump Operator Training Evolutions
It takes real experience to build real skills. But with fire pump operation, that experience can be hard to come by: taking the pump apparatus out of service is a risky proposition, tying up both equipment and firefighters. And while a fire can happen at any time of day and in any season, no agency is going to expose their firefighters to possible injury (and their fire apparatus to excessive wear and damage) by running an evolution at midnight in an ice storm.
All too often, the first experience a pump operator has with a critical operation under adverse conditions is on the fireground itself.
Pump-Ops—FAAC’s pump operator training solution—is built from the ground up to foster the most realistic fire pump operations evolutions possible, under any conditions you can imagine.
A Single Simulator Covering Every Aspect of Fire Pump Operation
The Pump-Ops fire pump operator simulator is built using real components that provide authentic tactile/visual/aural feedback. Pump-Ops can be configured to represent a generic system or can exactly match the equipment your agency uses.
Pump-Ops runs on simulation software that accurately and precisely emulates hydraulics, water sources (static or pressurized), firefighting foam, and a comprehensive array of hose and nozzle configurations. An integrated sound system provides realistic engine, pump, primer, and cavitation sounds and vibrations, while a headset communication system feeds the trainee instructions and pre-recorded messages. Pump-Ops doesn’t simply allow your staff to train on basic operations under good conditions—it creates every possible challenge or equipment failure (from poor hydrant pressure to frozen or damaged pumps). Students can simultaneously practice:
- equipment inspection, diagnostics, and reasoning skills
- fire service hydraulics
- communication skills
This touchscreen-controlled simulation software system gives complete control and flexibility to the instructor, throughout evolutions. Every pre-set Pump-Op evolution is drawn from the IFSTA Pumping Apparatus Driver/Operator Skill Sheets, or can be customized to match your needs. Develop your own evolutions, configure your own hose/nozzles, and your create your own skill-sheets to meet your unique training needs.
The result: real firefighting experiences delivered in an economical, controlled, cost-effective, and fail-safe manner:
- Eliminate training-related service equipment wear or damage
- Stop wasting water or foam during training
- Prevent additional equipment maintenance
- Avoid taking firefighting assets or apparatus out of service
- Significantly reduce chance of injury
- Virtually eliminate environmental impact
All of this comes in a package that can be wheeled through standard doors and run in any classroom, just plug it into a standard 110V wall outlet. This pump operator training system can stand alone or be integrated with other FAAC fire training simulator systems.
Fire Pump Simulation and the Continuum of Training
The Continuum of Training is a complete set of training simulators for firefighters and first responders. It integrates several networked simulation systems for a true multi-discipline, full-cycle, immersive training solution—including fire apparatus driving and operation, incident command, pump operations, and even hands-on firefighting. FAAC’s Continuum of Training convincingly emulates both the physical and emotional realities of a complex emergency—including multi-unit, multi-jurisdictional incidents—all within one scenario.
Each evolution can include a variety of apparatus, vehicles, settings (e.g., airports, railways, industrial areas, city streets, single- or multi-family dwellings), and a range of weather conditions. Every evolution is fully programmable and customizable. Each can be modified by the trainer as it runs, keeping both students and seasoned firefighters on their toes. For example, the trainer can change weather and visibility conditions mid-scenario, or take joystick control of pedestrians/animals/onlookers emulating the real-world challenges of managing an incident scene in the age of social media.
The Continuum of Training system offers all the benefits of hands-on practical training in a safe, cost-effective, and educationally rich manner.
Continuum of Training solutions focus on:
Pump Operator Training Customer-for-Life
Every FAAC solution goes beyond drilling manual skills and individual evolutions. These are tools for honing good judgment in the heat of the moment, even as a variety of factors and pressures compete for your attention.
We don’t just sell simulators; we partner with you to help you develop and create your ideal custom training solution. You will be treated as a “Customer for Life” from day one: We invest time upfront in understanding your challenges and policies, then develop and deliver a unique turnkey solution that we will work with you to seamlessly integrate into your training program.
As the realities of your situation and community evolve over time, so will your training solution.
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Related Simulator: Fire Pump Operator Simulator
Pump Ops is a simulation training device that provides a hands-on, immersive experience in the operation of an apparatus pump. This simulator exposes the trainee to various evolving situations that they can interact with in a safe classroom environment. Pump Ops provides training that cannot be duplicated safely using real apparatus. This saves wear and possible damage to firefighting apparatus.