Karpinski Engineering Donates Training Station to Tri-C Fire Academy

Ted Huffman and Dan Waitkus from Tri-C Fire Academy

Ted Huffman, Director, and Dan Waitkus, Commander/Program Manager of Cuyahoga Community College’s
Fire Training Academy, by the Fire Alarm Training Station.

Fire inspectors and firefighters-in-training at Cuyahoga Community College’s Fire Training Academy are gaining hands-on experience with a new Fire Alarm Training Station.

The Training Station was created by Karpinski Engineering, and the fire alarm equipment was donated by Edwards/UTC. It is a working fire alarm system with a fully-functional fire alarm control panel, smoke and heat detectors, a manual pull station, and notification devices.

The project was spearheaded by Dale Simmons, CPP, PSP, SET, KE’s Director of Security and Fire Safety. Dale had been hired to teach a continuing education course at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) for fire inspectors. He believes in the importance of students being able to see and work with the systems they may encounter on the job.

Ted Huffman, Director of the Fire Training Academy, said the Training Station gives inspectors and aspiring firefighters the opportunity to learn the parts of a fire alarm system and see how they interact.

While a real fire alarm system’s components are spread out across a building, the Training Station brings the system’s components to one central location. Inspectors and students can experiment by triggering the pull station or smoke alarms (the panel has three different types), for example, and seeing what happens at the control panel.

The Training Station got its first run-through at Dale’s continuing education course in January.

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