March 3, 2021
ROBBINSVILLE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The Robbinsville Township Professional Firefighters Association, IAFF Local #3786 recently purchased a $10,500.00 fire extinguisher training prop from the annual fund drive money. The extinguisher prop is manufactured by Lion and is the Bullex Intelligent Training System (I.T.S) and uses propane and water extinguishers that is safer and environmentally friendly compared to the old method. In years past the firefighters would mix gasoline and diesel fuel and place in a cut-in-half 55 gallon drum. Firefighters would light the old style prop using roadway flares and use dry chemical fire extinguishers were used to extinguish the fire leaving a mess behind to clean up. The new method is safer using the Bullex ITS prop and is controlled by a firefighter while another firefighter instructs people how to extinguish the fire. No residue is left behind because of use of a water extinguisher using a spray to simulate common fire extinguishers. The mock extinguishers can be refilled on the spot with water and an air hose.
The fire department is called upon several times a year to provide fire extinguisher training for commercial business requiring OSHA fire extinguisher training. Other uses for the prop will be when organizations visit the firehouse and several township events during the year. For several years the Robbinsville Township Fire Department has been training high school seniors on the proper use of fire extinguishers during the “Senior Awareness Day” event held each year at Robbinsville High School.