Members may be interested to learn about the Racesafe New Zealand’s (Fire & Rescue New Zealand) newly commissioned mobile speedway live fire and extrication simulator.
Combine cars, race fuel, the occasional spark and high speeds, and the situation at any speedway track in New Zealand could become volatile.
In recognition of the ongoing risk of on track fires, Racesafe New Zealand’s (Fire & Rescue New Zealand) has designed and fabricated newly commissioned mobile speedway live fire and extrication simulator. The simulator will allow fire crews to use their equipment to fight engine and fuel tanks fires, as well as flammable fuel spills and brake fires.
Meeanee Speedway was transformed into a practice ground on Saturday 6th and 20th December through the use of Racesafe New Zealand’s mobile speedway live fire and extrication simulator. Firefighters, referees and other Speedway New Zealand official’s lined up to learn how to respond to and summon assistance for a burning stock car under controlled live fire conditions.
After donning appropriate fire retardant PPE, each official, including Meeanee’s resident on-track photographer used a portable fire extinguisher with a buddy to secure the scene, contain and eventually suppress a class “B” (Fuel) and “C” (LPG) fire on the Racesafe Speedway live fire and extrication simulator.
The training session was followed with a practical live fire demonstration involving the use of methanol race fuel and what to look for and how and what they are extinguished with.
Another Fire training session is planned for 1500 hours on Saturday 10th January 2015 at Meeanee Speedway for competitors, pit crews, tow truck operators and other track officials
Many thanks in advance and stay safe!
Captain Simon Osborne ADM, Dip Fire, Dip Tch (TAFE Melb)
Fire & Rescue New Zealand | Private Fire Service | Tertiary Education Organisation