Mid-Coast School Notebook: Nov. 4

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Maine Fire Service Institute unveils new state-of-the-art equipment

BRUNSWICK — The Maine Fire Service Institute has a new piece of state-of-the-art training equipment that will be used to train firefighters from across Maine in advanced firefighting techniques.

In late October, MFSI received a live-fire training trailer that utilizes real flames, extreme heat, restricted visibility and dense smoke to allow firefighters to train for emergencies in realistic conditions. The trailer was paid for through a $460,000 federal Fire Administration Assistance to Firefighters Grant.

“This advanced equipment will give Maine firefighters the necessary skills to fight fires in many different situations,” said Jim Graves, director of the Maine Fire Service Institute. “The trailer can replicate different types of fires and train emergency responders in many key aspects of firefighting.”

The Maine Fire Service Institute is a department of SMCC and provides training and education services to Maine’s fire agencies and firefighters. It is located at SMCC’s Midcoast Campus in Brunswick.

The training trailer is manufactured by Drager, a leading international company in the safety and medical technology fields. 

Graves said the purchase of the training trailer wouldn’t have been possible without the support of Maine’s congressional delegation: U.S. Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and independent Angus King; and U.S. Reps. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, and Bruce Poliquin, R-Maine.

“These federal grants provide critically needed resources that equip and train first responders,” Maine’s congressional delegation said in a statement. “This investment is vital in training Maine’s firefighters and enhancing the safety of the public and our emergency responders.”

Maine Fire Service Institute recently acquired a new, live-fire training trailer, thanks to a $460,000 federal grant. The 40-foot trailer utilizes flames, heat and dense smoke to allow firefighters at Southern Maine Community College in Brunswick to train for emergencies in realistic conditions.