Yukon introduces new mobile live fire training unit for firefighters

Includes hydraulically powered second floor, smoke generator

The Yukon Fire Marshal’s Office (FMO) is introducing a mobile live fire training unit.

“The new $765,000 mobile live fire training unit will provide realistic fire training to fire departments across the territory,” said Premier Darrell.

Some key features of the training unit include a hydraulically powered second floor, a smoke generator and configurations that allow firefighters to train for fires in single storey, second storey and basement structures, as well as fires in kitchens and hazardous materials lockers. The unit can be set to simulate rollover fires where gases burn overhead of firefighters.

The unit has been constructed with numerous systems to safeguard firefighters during training, according to the Yukon government.

The training unit is part of the government’s recent $1.9 million investment in the Yukon FMO. This funding has resulted in hiring two additional deputy fire marshals and an increase in the FMO’s capacity to deliver education programs, conduct life safety inspections, fire investigations, fire prevention and firefighter training.

The funding has also supported the FMO’s carbon monoxide and home safety awareness campaign, doubled volunteer training from two to four times a month, and doubled volunteer firefighters’ honoraria, said the Yukon government.

The Yukon FMO supports 16 volunteer fire departments and 225 volunteer firefighters in unincorporated communities and provides life safety leadership across Yukon. The office also undertakes investigations, inspections and works with incorporated community fire departments to provide training and support.

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