New Safety Trailer Simulates Real Natural Disasters, Teaches Fire Safety 1/3/13
CBS 7 News Reporter
January 3, 2013
MIDLAND, TX – The Midland Fire Department's new safety trailers simulates man-made and natural disasters with pinpoint accuracy.
Firefighters stated it's an educational tool they'll use to help the community.
"It's like the disasters in New York, Louisiana or any type of tornado or flood. You know that scariest thing in the world does not knowing what to do. So we want people to be prepared," said Asst. Fire Marshal, David Hickman.
These sparks and smoky fumes are only a simulation. This scenario is one of many the new Midland firefighters safety trailer can imitate.
Not only does the trailer simulate fires, but also natal disasters like earthquakes, tornadoes, and hurricanes. Fire officials stated this helps people be prepared when natural disasters actually happen.
"We do it with school children but also what this trailer incorporated to do is to educate senior citizens," said Hickman.
The trailer came with a hefty price tag, nearly $80,000 for this educational tool and ever penny came from west Texans' donations.
It's a necessary upgraded fire officials weren’t able to do for years.
"Our old fire safety trailer, we purchased in 1994 was pretty much worn out. It was in need of complete rebuilding or replacement. The cost factor was just easier to replace it with a new modern computerized version of the safety trailer, " Midland Fire Marshall Jeff Meiner.
Firefighters stated by training the public with fast paced fire techniques. Midlanders will learn how to protect themselves and prevent disaster from turning into tragedies.
The fire department is open to training groups of all ages with the new trailer.
If you're interested in a session, just contact them at (432) 685-7340.