If you have been reading his site for any length of time, you know that I am always looking for ways to get great training. I am lucky that I work for a department that has a phenomenal training center with state of the art props, buildings, etc. However we can not always get out of service and make the ride to the drill facility (what we call our training center), so I am constantly on the look out for how to bring quality training to the station.
One of the tools we often do not get a lot of practice with is our rotary saws (K12, partner saw, whatever you call them). I saw an idea from a prop you could make at the station and decided to see if I could create it myself.
We already had a pull up bar outside the firehouse so I did not have to buy anything to mount the hardware to, if you d not have something like a pull up bar then you may have to add some additional costs or steps to building the prop.
First I mounted the flange to the wooden post then connected the double male to the gated valve, then to the flange previously mounted. I just used standard wood screws to mount the flange to the wooden posts.
Here you see the finished product. The valve allows for the metal (I used rebar) to sit in and be held in place by the gate. The large opening allows for varying types and sizes of metal to be utilized for training. Lastly I added a second one, this allows for training on operating the saws over head, and below the waste which in my opinion are the two most difficult and critical skills when operating a rotary saw.
For about $50 (including the rebar) we will now have a training prop we can use over and over and gain valuable training while remaining in service to run calls. Again I did not invent this, I just copied it and modified it for my use. This is only scraping the surface of what you can create in your firehouse, all it takes is a little creativity and some research. Do not let the lack of a training center, or ability to use it keep you from getting quality training!
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