Hattiesburg Fire Department shows off new training equipment

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Hattiesburg Fire Department showed off a new piece of training equipment today, one meant for more than just firefighters.

It's called the BullEx Fire Extinguisher Training System. The $10,000 unit was partially funded through a grant from State Farm Insurance, with the leftover cost absorbed by Forrest County.

The device is equipped with four sensors, which detect sound waves produced by the extinguisher. When it senses proper technique, the fire is extinguished.

"Most people don't know about using a fire extinguisher, until they need to use the fire extinguisher," said Clyde Bryant, Hattiesburg State Farm agent. "At that point it may be a little late to learn how to use it. This training if very valuable to the community, to the public, to businesses. We felt it was pretty valuable."

This equipment replaces the outdated training method of placing fuel in an open pan, and provides a more controlled, and safe way to teach the general public.

You can contact the Hattiesburg Fire Department for more information.