Posted May 11, 2018 06:18:00 Fire extinguishers are now being used as a last resort by the world’s firefighters to fight the spread of forest fires.
In a series of articles published on Tuesday, May 11th, Firefighters International said it was the first time a “fire extinguisher” class had been taught in the UK since the 1970s.
The classes were taught at a local fire station by the Association of Firefighters of England and Wales.
The BBC said the classes were held in order to teach fire fighters about the latest in fire suppression technology.
“In some respects, this is the first ever fire extinguishers class,” David Brown, Chief Fire Officer at West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, said.
“It’s an essential skill for any fire service to have and is a very important part of our firefighting efforts.”
The classes were organised by the National Fire Service Association and were designed to provide firefighters with an understanding of fire suppression technologies and the procedures they use in order for them to respond to a fire.
Firefighters International has previously taught classes to firefighters in the US, Australia and other countries.
The organization is not the first to offer classes in the fire service.
This year, the organisation held classes in two different parts of London to prepare for the arrival of firefighters in a series that included the coronavirus pandemic.
There were also two classes in Manchester, and a similar one in Leeds.
Many fire departments are already using fire extinguisers as a part of their firefighting procedures, although the National Association of Chief Fire Officers (NACF) says the class was not appropriate for firefighters in England.
“[The class] is a bit different to the standard fire extinguishers that are used by all the fire services in the country and I’m sure that [fire chiefs] in the region will agree with that,” John Walshe, NACF’s director of policy, said in a statement.
“There are other ways to fight a fire, such as smoke alarms, sprinklers and a smoke detector, but there is no reason why fire fighters in the United Kingdom can’t use fire extinguishing as part of fire fighting.”
“If they are going to use a fire extinguiser, I think they should have a fire safety course,” John Jones, a member of the NACM, told the BBC.
In addition to the two courses held in England, Fire Service Scotland also taught a fire suppression course, called the Advanced Firefighting Course.
It was held in a fire station in Glasgow, and it is the only course currently being offered in Scotland.