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Laser Technology used in Fire Extinguisher Training

The BullsEye fire extinguisher training system uses laser technology to simulate the discharge of a dry chemical extinguisher for use in OSHA-mandated training.

BullsEye senses where a user aims and sweeps a training extinguisher and automatically varies LED-driven "digital flames" in response. Paired with sensor technology initially introduced in the Troy, N.Y.-based company's Intelligent Training System and HotShot products, the BullsEye laser extinguisher will allow fire extinguisher training to take place entirely indoors, "eliminating problems of climate, inclement weather and limited space," said BullEx CEO Ryan O¡¦Donnell. "This product will make fire extinguisher training more accessible, creating a higher level of preparedness in the event of an emergency.¡¨

HotShot provides realistic, self-generating digital flames that respond directly to a user's actions. Using BullEx's SmartExtinguishers, users interact dynamically with HotShot's digital fire. If trainees fail to use the proper technique, the flames respond accordingly. Flames can diminish, grow gradually or even reignite.

The BullsEye¡¦s digital panel responds as a user aims and sweeps the laser extinguisher. Because it uses a conical laser to replicate extinguisher discharge -- rather than a dry-chemical or CO2 extinguisher -- it is ideal for training in an actual work environment, where employees are more likely to experience a fire, the company said. It has an onboard rechargeable battery and a speaker that simulates the sound of a dry chemical extinguisher being discharged.

BullEx was formed by engineers with experience in occupational safety and the fire service. O'Donnell, a former fire officer and fire-prevention educator, said they were "tired of gathering dozens of extinguishers before training sessions, trying to light a dangerous fuel mixture with a flare, 'tasting' dry-chemical all day, complaints of dry-chemical coating cars and clothes, and cleaning up parking lots." They worked with safety and fire service officials to develop the technology.

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