NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The North Myrtle Beach Department of Public Safety is demonstrating a new digital system that allows firefighters to train at different locations with simulated fire and smoke.
The demonstration of the BullEx Digital Fire Attack Training System fire started Friday at 10 a.m. at the Fire Training Center on Second Avenue South. The new system will allow firefighters to train in various locations using simulated smoke and fire conditions that will not harm the building. Before the purchase of the Bullex training system, live fire and smoke training was limited to the department's training grounds.
"Some buildings we don't usually see unless there was an emergency. Seeing what the smoke machine can do and with the imitation fire, it will allow us to go into those buildings and practice. And with the new shopping centers, we have a Publix and Dick's Sporting Goods opening, those are huge buildings," said Hannah McLaurin with the NMB Fire Department.
This was her first experience with the digital training system, and she said it is as close to the real thing as they can get.
"In a real fire you won't be able to see. That smoke will be so thick. Sometimes, you can't see your glove in front of your face," she shared, adding that the smoke system with BullEx provided that same feeling.
The system focuses on improving operations for raised beach houses and condo units along the oceanfront.
"It will excel our training and our training is what we will resort back to when there is an emergency," said McLaurin.
The city paid $14,280 for the BullEx Digital Fire Attack Training System. The majority was paid for by the A-tax, while the remaining balance was taken out of the fire department's budget.