The County of Brant Fire Department has implemented a new thermal mannequin as part of their fire training practice.
“The purpose of this mannequin is to train firefighters on how to use the thermal imager when searching for occupants in a structure fire,” said Acting Fire Chief Darren Watson. “The training mannequin has electric coils and heats up. The mannequin also has a voice recorder so a message can be recorded and played back to simulate a person calling out to Firefighters for help.”
The thermal mannequin is a new addition to the training toolbox and allows Firefighters to fully practice using the thermal imager to find people who may be trapped in a building that is full of smoke.
“The cost of the thermal mannequin was covered by a $5000 donation from the “Nine Fore Norm” Committee in honour of the late Norm Booth. Norm Booth passed away on April 8, 2022.
“Norm had 50 years in the fire service working for both the County of Brant and City of Brantford as a firefighter and training officer,” said Watson. “We know Norm would be pleased that this donation is being used to further train the firefighters and expand their skill sets.”
Before his passing, the “Nine Fore Norm” committee was created by a group of Norm’s colleagues and friends. The committee organized a golf tournament in Norm’s honour to donate profits back to the training program.