This course teaches practical skills to avoid vehicle fires and candidates learn what to do in order to safely evacuate passengers if a fire breaks out.
The 5 steps to safety uses classroom based and practical training. It covers how to recognise the common causes of fire, how to reduce the risk of a vehicle fire, when and how to use a fire extinguisher and how to safely evacuate a vehicle using the 5 steps to safety.
Trainers use a smoke machine to simulate a real fire in the vehicle and use different senarios, to try to make it as real as possible.
This course is of 3 hours duration.
It is common knowledge that for a fire to start there must be 3 elements. This is often referred to as the FIRE TRIANGLE :
Oxygen will always be present and some fire extinguishers work by replacing the oxygen with another gas that won`t support fire eg. Carbon dioxide, Halon ( however neither of these should be used in vehicles or other confined spaces and Halon has now been banned )
Heat can be generated by faulty wiring, starter motor, battery, sparks, and incorrect fuses
Fuel. The heat can be fuelled by liquids like petrol, oil, brake fluid, hydraulic fluid, de-icer The structure of the vehicle can play a big part as well for example upholstery, paint, plastics, rubber and fibreglass.
Above is just some of the detail we cover on this course