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Olds Fire Department gets funds for new training tool

Teaches people how to extinguish fires safely
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Ben Opheim of Plains Midstream Canada demonstrates how the Lion Intelligent Training System works. Submitted photo

OLDS — The Olds Fire Department has received a $5,500 donation from a local firm to purchase a fire extinguisher training system to help people learn how to put out fires safely.

Plains Midstream Canada provided the money so the department could buy a Lion Intelligent Training System.

It’s a hands-on interactive training device that enables users to extinguish a real fire with a simulated fire extinguisher -- without the use of powders or harmful petrochemicals.

“This device will allow the Olds Fire Department to provide realistic, safe, and environmentally-friendly fire extinguisher training in our community,” a town news release says.

“We are extremely grateful for the funding support from Plains Midstream Canada to help us attain our goal of purchasing this device to provide critical training opportunities to groups within the Olds region,” says Olds Fire Department education officer Josh Watkins.

“Safety is an important part of our code of business conduct and we see the important role that the Olds Fire Department plays in ensuring the health and safety of the community, said Duane Weir, district manager, crude oil southwest.

 The fire extinguisher training initiative was identified as a community need in the 2019 fire department master plan.