The Fire House Training Manikins (dummies) are designed for high temperature ‘snatch’ rescue scenarios with real flames and the chance of a ‘flash-over’. While the higher specification, flame retardant dummies demonstrate a good balance between temperature and abrasion resistance, they are not as robust as the general purpose range and should not be used for general training.
The manikin carcass is constructed using heavy duty canvas, reinforced with 38mm Nomex webbing as opposed to the polypropylene webbing found on the general purpose range – standard Polypropylene webbing will go brittle and melt at the high temperatures this manikin is designed to withstand.
The protective overalls are constructed using a Nomex blend material which conforms to EN11612 and offers good protection against high temperatures – it is permanently non-flammable and most commonly used in protective clothing to protect against heat and flames. The protective overalls are also reinforced using Nomex webbing to improve the abrasion resistance and strength – the overalls are fitted using 20mm Kevlar ties, as the standard Velcro fastening melt at these high temperatures. The ends of the arms, which have been identified as a high wear area, are reinforced with 5mm leather to provide extra protection.
Flame Retardant training dummies are fitted with genuine heat resistant fire-fighters safety boots, the boots greatly extend the life of the dummy protecting the legs if the dummy is dragged along the ground.
A separate hood, also made with Nomex material completely covers the head, being separate makes the fitting of replacement overalls considerably easier.
The overalls will easily withstand temperatures of 200-250 degs C, the average temperature at knee height for ‘hot fire’ training and only starts to ‘fail’ at temperatures in excess of 400 degs C and then it will be the fire boots that fail first. Flash-over temps greater than 1000 degs are withstood by the dummy for short periods but it should be noted that they will fail if placed too close to naked flames for any length of time (as any turnout gear would). We do have another FR model available for use with flammable gel for fire blanket and extinguisher training.
The dummies are weighted to produce an anatomically correct weight distribution and the ‘feel’ of an unconscious patient and are available in 2 weights – 30kg and 50kg.
Please note – the high density polypropylene webbing seen on our other dummies cannot be used on this dummy as it will melt at the temperatures this dummy will endure.