A portable fire extinguisher can save lives and property by putting out a small fire or containing it until the fire department arrives; but portable extinguishers have limitations. Because fire grows and spreads so rapidly, the number one priority is for occupants is to get out safely.
Most fires start small and can usually be brought under control if they are attacked correctly with the right type and size of extinguisher, and if they are attacked within the first two minutes.
The Franklin Fire Department offers live fire extinguisher training for businesses and groups, with an emphasis on how and when to use a fire extinguisher, and when to evacuate. The training includes classroom instruction and hands-on training, utilizing our live fire extinguisher prop. Participants each receive a turn to practice extinguishing a fire, with a compressed air and water extinguisher, provided by the department. This type of extinguisher eliminates recharge costs and the need to clean up dry-chemical after a training session.
The training generally takes 60-90 minutes, and we recommend a maximum class size of 20 people. Here are some of the topics we cover:
- The fire triangle
- Classification of fuels
- Types of fire extinguishers
- Rules for fighting fires
- How to use a fire extinguisher using the P.A.S.S. method
- Pull the pin. Hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you, and release the locking mechanism.
- Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.
- Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.
- Sweep the nozzle from side-to-side.
Firefighters from an engine company assist with the training and are standing by to ensure participants’ safety. A firefighter operates the prop’s handheld controller which includes an emergency-stop switch that shuts down the flames instantly.
- To schedule fire extinguisher training for your business or group, please call (615) 791-3270 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Cost - FREE
- Article - "Fire extinguisher training: Preparing employees for a fire emergency" - The American Society of Safety Engineers, October 2009, www.asse.org.