Grant Success Spotlight: Digital Fire Training System for Allen, TX

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Jul 15, 2015 5:00:00 AM

allen_texas.pngIs your fire department/brigade looking to conduct fire training scenarios, but without the environmental and safety concerns of traditional live burns? A digital fire training system could be the solution.

The City of Allen, Texas, was looking for a grant that would allow fire personnel to deliver fire suppression training to members of the community who otherwise "would not be able to engage in fire safety activities," according to Linda Greenidge, Public Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Allen Fire Department. And given the severe drought affecting northern Texas, a live burn scenario was out of the question.

With the help of eCivis, the City was able to identify a grant from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation that could be used to acquire the simulation system. After successfully winning grant funding, the fire department brought the system to residents of various ages and backgrounds—including a sixth grade class that used the system for pass/fail credit, and an assisted living center.

Have a success story about how grants have improved your community's quality of life? Share in the comment section below. To read more about the City of Allen's success and other stories, check out these funded projects.

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