Mobile Fire Training Innovation

The John Holland Rail Training (JHRT) team has launched a fully accredited Operate Firefighting Equipment (OFE) course featuring an innovative mobile training unit.

Designed by John Holland Plant Trainer, Glenn Healy, the trailer serves the dual purpose of moving heavy equipment as well as demonstrating realistic firefighting situations. The simulator is fired by LP Gas, which produces a realistic clean burning flame.

 Glenn said the training trailer had a number of benefits.

“The main benefit is that it provides real portability for the training, allowing us to deliver the session at various project sites and corporate offices,” said Glenn.   “The kit in total weighs around two hundred kilos, so having it in the trailer allows us to easily take it from site to site and significantly reduces setup time. “The trailer also lowers the risk of injury through manual handling of the equipment, making it safer for both the facilitator and training recipients,” he said.   “Although the trailer and simulator units are fantastic training aids, the underpinning message throughout the training remains the same – only fight a fire if it’s safe to do so and never put yourself in danger!”

 Rail Training Manager West Coast, Sharon Morris, said the OFE course was previously delivered by an external provider.

 “With sessions taking place almost every two months, the JHRT team took the decision to bring it in house, saving money while increasing efficiency,” said Sharon. “We are currently trialling the training in Victoria before we roll it out to NSW and WA,” she said.

 Modules covered in the interactive course are:

 Safety requirements;

  • The chemistry of fire;
  • Fire extinguisher agents;
  • Components of fire extinguishers;
  • Types of fire extinguishers;
  • Fire extinguisher operating techniques;
  • Securing and storing equipment; and
  • Practical demonstrations and practice.

John Holland Rail Training is a leading training provider wholly owned by John Holland Rail Pty Ltd, one of Australia’s largest providers of integrated, end-to-end rail transport solutions. John Holland has been delivering comprehensive training solutions to the Australian rail industry for more than a decade and in that time, has supported the career development of over 5,000 rail industry members.

 For more information, please click contact one of our Training Coordinators.

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The first in house OFE training session using the prototype trailer, was held at the Abbotsford office last week. The trailer was designed to transport heavy training items such as fire extinguishers, LPG bottles and Jerry cans, as well as the fire simulator kit.