Justin James, F.E. Moran Fire Protection National's expert trainer, provided marathon training sessions for the Peoria Fire Department.
James had 150 attendees that ranged from a few people that were weeks from retirement to firefighters that were on their second day on the job.
His training sessions were four times a day for three consecutive days at 8am, 10am, 12pm, and 2pm.
James has been instrumental in educating local firefighters about fire sprinklers.
The majority of calls that fire departments get, according to my interview with one fire chief, is an activated fire sprinkler. With this training, fire crews are better able to work with activated fire sprinklers and reduce damage to buildings.
When a fire sprinkler activates, it contains the fire to its point of origin. Fire sprinklers use less water than fire hoses, and the fire crews are able to quickly turn off the activated water, reducing water damage.
The benefits are twofold:
1) The fire damage is reduced due to the fire sprinklers.
2) The water damage is reduced because fire hoses usually aren't needed and fire crews are educated on how to turn off the fire sprinklers efficiently.
James received a thank you letter from the Peoria Fire Department for his work in training.