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LASER-DRIVEN FIRE EXTINGUISHER TRAINING SYSTEM

Conduct important OSHA required fire extinguisher training with your entire staff, anytime, anywhere with the innovative BullsEye™ Laser-Driven Fire Extinguisher Training System.

Because the BullsEye allows you to train in any setting, your employees can learn the proper operation of a fire extinguisher in their actual work environment – next to their desk, in a supply closet, or on the production floor – for a completely clean and safe training experience.

The BullsEye System also eliminates the time consuming clean-up and expense associated with using an actual extinguisher, allowing you to train more staff in less time. In many cases, organizations can save more than the cost of a training system in the first year alone.  With the BullsEye Digital Extinguisher Training System, training your staff has never been easier.

For tips on conducting fire extinguisher training, view a PDF of our best practices.

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FEATURES AND BENEFITS

Clean Training
BullsEye uses a conical laser to replicate extinguisher discharge rather than depending on a dry-chemical or CO2 extinguisher making it an environmentally-friendly way to train. Our training smoke does not leave a residue.

Safe Training
Utilize LED driven digital flames and a laser training extinguisher to provide a dynamic and realistic simulation for trainees while eliminating the hazards associated with conventional fire extinguisher training. Comply with OSHA safety training requirements by taking training to your employees.

Realistic Training
Simulate class A, B and C fires at ten difficulty levels. The system can sense if the trainee is using the correct extinguisher, aiming and sweeping correctly, and if they are an effective distance from the base of the fire. This ensures trainees are prepared in case of a real fire emergency.

Train Anywhere
Because only a laser is emitted from the training extinguisher, extinguisher training can now be conducted virtually anywhere indoors or out – where fires may actually occur.  Hundreds of trainees can be trained in a single day without recharging any extinguishers.

Trackable Training
After each successful evolution, the time to extinguishment is displayed on the panel. Training record collection allows instructors to record and monitor a trainee’s progress, as well as easily export training records for sharing and creating certificates of completion.

HOW IT WORKS

This state of the art training tool uses digital flame generation and patented sensor technology to demonstrate proper fire extinguishment techniques to trainees.

The BullsEye™ system can sense if the trainee has properly aimed the training extinguisher and is properly sweeping back and forth across the base of the fire. The system can also tell if the trainee has chosen the correct class of extinguisher. The system varies the digital flames in response, only extinguishing the fire if the proper technique is used.

The BullsEye System uses hundreds of LEDs and an on-board control system to dynamically generate digital flames. Depending on the class of fire and level of difficulty selected by the instructor, the flames will grow, diminish and respond as the trainee attempts to extinguish the simulated fire.

Trainees can fight the digital fire using either a laser-driven extinguisher or a pressurized air/water SmartExtinguisher®. The sensors on the BullsEye unit allow the system to interact with the trainee and detect where and how the trainee is using either style of training extinguisher. In each case, the system responds by increasing or decreasing the size of the flames in the area the user is targeting, in relation to the trainee’s technique and efforts.

To successfully extinguish the fire, the trainee must sweep the extinguisher across the base of the fire. If the trainee aims just below or just above the base, the flames will diminish, but will not be extinguished. If the trainee aims at only one side of the fire, that side will be extinguished while the other side continues to grow.

ACCESSORIES

BullsEye™ Laser Extinguishers
The laser-driven extinguisher simulates the behavior of an extinguisher. A variety of extinguisher types and sizes are available.

iPad Control
With the optional tablet control, instructors can specify fire class, difficulty and time limit. Flare up or add smoke to to the evolution. This iPad is equipped with a LifeProof case.

iPad Control & Scenario Customization
In addition to the standard iPad controls, scenario customization allows instructors to create scenarios and save them for future use. Additionally, instructors can customize the effective distance of an extinguisher, which extinguisher(s) can be used to put the fire out, and how much time a trainee has to extinguish the flames.

iPad Control & Roster Management
In addition to the standard iPad controls, roster management allows instructors to keep track of trainees and their performance over time. Track training details and export them to a USB for sharing, record keeping, and printing certificates of completion.

BullsEye Transport Case
Industrial-grade, high-impact plastic transport case to transport BullsEye unit to various training sites

Extinguisher Transport Case
Foam-lined industrial grade carrying case for two extinguishers

Extinguisher Tamper Seals
Lock your extinguisher handles in place for a realistic training experience with these tamper seals (500 per package)

SmartExtinguisher® Training Extinguishers
Available in 5x (five discharges) and 7x (seven discharges) sizes with pressure gauge and Schrader recharge value

NFPA® Fire Extinguishers At Work DVD/VHS
This presentation draws on the requirements in NFPA 10: Portable Fire Extinguishers, the Standard referenced by OSHA in developing its regulations. Covers everything from portable extinguisher basics to advanced strategies for workers in industrial environments. (17 min.)

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Ditch Witch Rich Ferrell, Safety and Training Representative

For years we have provided our fire extinguisher training to our employees using live fire and discharging dry chemical fire extinguishers. We used to schedule 50 or more employees for training at one time, simply so we could minimize the amount of times we would need to clean up the large mess created. Training sessions that large were extremely difficult to manage, not to mention the expense of recharging all those extinguishers.

Now, with the “No-Mess” digital system from BullEx, we can schedule training for much smaller groups more frequently and can train them anywhere we want to! That’s great! We can now afford to train all 1400 employees year-round.

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Wishard Health Services Robert Claprodt, CHSP

Our organization purchased the BullsEye Digital Fire Extinguisher Training equipment last year and have about worn it out!

After we received it, we offered it to all departments for onsite training for all shifts. We have taken it to such areas as Administration, Public Relations, Nursing, Food Services, etc. and it has been well received by all.

The BullsEye is very easy to use and easy to set up. I have taken it to a few of our off-site locations as well. We even plan to set it up at some of our upcoming community health fairs.

I have been very pleased with the equipment and would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone needing equipment for hands on fire extinguisher training. Staff loved the fact that the extinguisher looks, feels and sounds like ‘a real one’. It truly increased their comfort level with an extinguisher.

This unit makes it fun for the trainee as well as the trainer. Thanks for a useful training tool!

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MedCentral Health System Mike Schneider, MedCentral Health System

I am writing this letter to tell you how the BullsEye Training System is working out for us. First the BullsEye is simple to set up. One person can set up and have the unit operational in 2 – 3 minutes. We like to use two trainers in our fire trainings. One trainer to operate the BullsEye and the other to help our staff through the fire extinguishing. We estimate that 500 – 600 people use our BullsEye in Fire Extinguisher Training each year.

We have also used the BullsEye in our fire drills. One of our fire drills involved our local fire department. The fire department brought their Smoke Generator and we set up our BullsEye. This had a great effect and those responding to the drill reacted as if they were responding to a real fire. On another fire drill we placed the BullsEye on a bed and turned out the lights and closed the door. When staff responded and cracked the door open all they could see was the orange/yellow glow and the flame. The door was then quickly closed. The BullsEye Training System is a great training aid. We are planning our training and drills around it.

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Jane Phillips Medical Center Sue Parnell, CHSP, MPHA Safety Coordinator

I would like to report how much we are enjoying our BullEx BullsEye Fire Extinguisher Training System. We have put it to use immediately. We required all 500 clinical employees to visit our booth at an annual Skills Fair. Each associate had to demonstrate how to properly extinguish a fire.

It was a real eye opener for me. Because all staff could regurgitate P.A.S.S., I thought they knew how to use an extinguisher. Boy was I wrong and it was quite evident during this event. People fumbled with holding the extinguisher, couldn’t pull the pin, forgot to aim and discharged the extinguisher onto their feet, aimed too high or too close, or the extinguisher ran out of charge.

Clinical personnel are our first line of defense at a hospital. They must be able to know how to react correctly without fumbling over the equipment. Holding an extinguisher must come as second nature and not require juggling or dropping. With the use of the BullsEye, we were able to accomplish this effort. All employees on our nursing floors now know how to hold the extinguisher while pulling the pin, how much force to use to pull the pin (a surprise to many), where to aim the spray, the distance required to effectively put out the fire, and how quickly the extinguisher is spent. Many were amazed that the fire could come back or that they may need a second extinguisher. Those of a competitive nature enjoyed trying to beat the clock as they tried to extinguish the flames. I heard comments such as, “I have an extinguisher at home but don’t know how to use it”. Not only are we creating a safe environment for our patients but also for the community. Our hope is to save someone’s home because they knew how to use their fire extinguisher. The equipment is only as good as the operator, and if someone doesn’t know how to use it, the equipment is worthless.

In the past, I have had to cancel many training sessions held outdoors due to weather – high winds, rain, burn ban, extreme temperatures, etc. Because we can now use the equipment indoors, I can hold a training session and know it will be completed.

We have demonstrated the new equipment to our Fire Marshal. He was very impressed and asked if he could send representatives from other large companies in the area for a demonstration. He would like to see this purchased and used in other businesses throughout our community. As part of a community safety program, I have trained teachers at a private grade school.

Because it is so portable, I am able to take this tool to different locations. We have several smaller hospitals in rural areas. They have been relying on the volunteer fire department to train their staff. These small fire departments don’t have the luxury of having extra staff available to train others. I have been able to take the extinguisher training system to these small hospitals and train all their staff without interrupting the community fire department.

We have been very pleased with the equipment and are glad we made the purchase. Even in these tough economical times, our administrator is still convinced the money was well spent. We are very fortunate that our CEO understands and promotes the culture of safety at Jane Phillips Medical Center.

Harris Health System Roger W. Olsen, MHA, CHSP, Director of Safety & Environmental Health

The Harris Health System is tasked with training staff on how to use an extinguisher properly. Training medical staff is the number one priority, as well as working with administrative departments. Extinguisher training is also a focal point of their Safety Week, held each June. After training, staffers consistently state that they feel much more comfortable operating an extinguisher and facing a fire should the need arise.

Harris Health trains 22 medical clinics each year and trains its hospital inpatient units as often as possible. Because it is very small in number, as most safety teams are, theirs concentrates the training during those months that the members are not involved in safety audits/environmental rounds. The team also offers to do the training at every Safety Committee meeting and during safety audits. Training employees when they are able to focus on the task at hand and when the instructor is able to provide ample instruction and practice time is essential.

Harris Health invested in a BullsEye digital fire extinguisher training system. They find that the system is easy to set up and use, which helps them train more people and allows trainees to learn quickly and return to their normal job duties.

After obtaining the BullsEye, they also fabricated a pull station with strobes and chimes so staffers really get the feel of having to RACE and PASS in their own department. The pull station trainer was fabricated by the engineering team and is battery powered.

The key to Harris Health’s success lies in choosing a realistic, hands-on training method and also arranging for staff to train in their natural environment rather than a foreign building. For inpatient locations, the laser extinguisher is placed in the extinguisher cabinet and a pull station trainer is positioned in front of the department’s actual pull station. Then, the staff executes a drill. Having the training in the department makes it more real and adds context to the training — employees learn where their extinguishers and pull stations are located so that they can easily remember what to do in an emergency situation.

As far as technique, Harris Health teaches a concept it has developed called “Precision Code Red Response.” This teaches trainees that the person discovering the fire becomes the Incident Commander. Using the RACE acronym, they train them to take charge of the event and delegate the Rescue, Alarm, Contain, and Extinguish actions to those who are present, rather than trying to do those actions by themselves. Training in this way reduces response time. They also train on the PASS (Pull, Aim, Squeeze, Sweep) technique so that all staffers know how to operate the extinguisher.

Harris Health limits the amount of classroom training it conducts. Because it is not as effective as on-site training, team members find their limited time is put to better use in training in the employee’s own potential response environment.

Training is always tough when there are so many other things on the safety staff’s plate. Harris Health reports that the BullsEye allows for maximum staff participation. This enhances the learning experience and lets the safety staff enjoy the training while allowing everyone to gain muscle memory and hands-on experience.

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City of Altus Fire Rescue Chief J.R. Wheeler

Chief J.R. Wheeler of the City of Altus Fire / Rescue Department in Altus, Oklahoma wanted to find a way to provide cost-effective fire prevention education programs that could be offered regardless of the weather. As Chief Wheeler explained, “Temperatures climb higher than 100 degrees during the summer and you can bet the wind will be blowing no matter what season we are in. We are usually in some sort of burn ban at least a portion of the year; not the most conducive atmosphere for live-burn outdoor fire extinguisher training.”

Department Secretary Tara Davis said that the department researched a variety of fire extinguisher training simulation equipment vendors while remaining mindful of concerns regarding the availability of funds to purchase the equipment necessary. They determined that they wanted to purchase a BullEx BullsEye Extinguisher Training System. “It offered the most realistic fire extinguisher training scenarios and was more cost-effective,” said Ms. Davis. To facilitate the process, the department submitted a grant application for a Fire Prevention and Safety Grant in 2009.

Altus Fire/Rescue is a professional fire-rescue service in the city of Altus. The department is comprised of 33 first responders at two fire stations. On average, over 700 emergency calls are responded to annually. Although their immediate coverage area falls within city limits and offers protection to 21,000 residents, they also provide automatic mutual aid service to the entire county for any reported structure fire. The department offers approximately 30 annual community projects, one of which is their fire prevention program. Prior to receiving the grant funds and purchasing their BullsEye Laser-Driven Extinguisher Training System, the department relied on visiting schools and businesses with a classroom program, and for those businesses which required annual OSHA hands-on fire extinguisher training, an outdoor training session with a live-fire burn pan and dry chemical and CO2 fire extinguishers. Although the training is provided at no cost to the community, the department could not fund the supplies used during training. “It would cost the city a tremendous amount of money every year to recharge our fire extinguishers used during the training programs,” said Ms. Davis, “and the community programs just don’t have the money either so we had to look at other alternatives for training”.

In an effort to ensure the success of their grant application, the department completed an informal assessment and created a basic pre-test and post-test questionnaire to satisfy the quantitative analysis requirements of their proposed fire prevention training program in the Federal application. They also included information regarding the income levels of the county residents, 32% of which fall below the National Poverty Guidelines, thereby limiting access to fire prevention training programs in fixed locations. Chief Wheeler said, “We worked closely with community programs to obtain statistics regarding areas of concern to identify a focus for portable fire prevention training opportunities.”

Since taking delivery of their BullsEye Digital Extinguisher Training System just two months ago, the department has provided hands-on fire prevention training to more than 50 individuals. They are currently publicizing the program and are scheduling ongoing fire prevention education programs at nursing homes, assisted living facilities, schools and businesses. Tara Davis said, “Initially, I was skeptical that a simulated extinguisher scenario would be realistic enough to provide adequate levels of instruction, but the BullsEye is as close to the real thing as you can get without using live fire.”

HANDS-ON EMERGENCY RESPONSE TRAINING

Meet OSHA and Joint Commission standards by giving your staff hands-on R.A.C.E. training.

Your employees may be able to recite the R.A.C.E. acronym, but can they actually follow the steps when a fire occurs?

The R.A.C.E. Station includes a pull station, strobe light, smoke detector, annunciator, and an interactive 9-1-1 phone that allow your staff to practice responding to an emergency from the moment they notice a fire. Teach the R.A.C.E. method (Rescue, Alert, Confine, Extinguish) to ensure that your employees are prepared to make good decisions in an emergency.

In a quickly growing incipient stage fire, every second counts. When faced with the sensory overload of a fire, the blazing flames, thick smoke, and heat can impair a person’s ability to think quickly and rationally. To properly respond to a fire, a person must be able to make a series of decisions in only seconds – Can I confine the fire? Are there other people in the area that need to be rescued? Can I extinguish the fire? Where is the extinguisher? How do I alert others in the building?

The R.A.C.E. Station recreates that stressful environment and allows trainees to practice and memorize the correct response so that they can make good decisions based on their observations should the real thing occur. Upon discovery of the simulated fire, trainees can put their knowledge of R.A.C.E. to the test by alerting with the 9-1-1 phone and/or pull station before retrieving the extinguisher to put out the flames.

Arm your employees with the skills they need to face incipient stage fire emergencies to save lives and protect property.

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