News Release

Local Fire Departments Employ Water-Saving Simulator Technology to Train Fire Engineers

January 23, 2020

WHAT: Fire Engineer Training Simulator Demonstration

WHEN: Monday, Jan. 27, 10:30 a.m.

WHERE: Henderson Fire Training Center, 401 Parkson Rd.

Members of the media are invited to a demonstration of simulators that will be used to train fire engineers without wasting water. Four fire engineer training simulators at a total cost of $280,000 are being donated by the Southern Nevada Water Authority to the Henderson, Las Vegas, North Las Vegas and Clark County fire departments as part of Southern Nevada’s water conservation efforts.

Firefighter engineers are responsible for operating water pumping systems on the fire engine during a fire response. The simulator technology allows engineers to be trained using realistic scenarios in a closed-loop system rather than flowing water onto the ground. The same equipment can also be used to test the performance of pumps on fire engines without water waste. 

An additional benefit is the simulator’s portability, making it easy to train at a fire station rather than taking a crew out of service to train at a central location.

The combined annual water savings for all four simulators is projected to be 150 acre feet, an amount equivalent to 50 Olympic-sized swimming pools. Over its 15-year usable life, the simulator has the potential to reduce consumptive water use by 2,250 acre feet.

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