The North Logan Fire Department will host an unveiling next week over a new piece of fire training equipment that state officials are very excited about.The Utah Fire & Rescue Academy, housed by Utah Valley University, will debut its state-of-the-art mobile emergency simulator, known as the Mobile Command Training Center (MCTC), on Aug. 19 at 6 p.m. at the fire department, 2005 N. 1200 East in North Logan. The MCTC is a one-of-a-kind piece of equipment in the Western United States and has the ability to carry hands-on training to the doorsteps of rural departments across the state.”The mission of the Command Training Center (CTC) is to increase first responder safety during emergency incidents,” said Hugh Connor, Director of the Institute of Emergency Services and Homeland Security. “This is done by providing realistic training at the fixed facility at the Utah Fire and Rescue Academy. Now this same valuable training can be delivered to rural Utah utilizing the Mobile Command Training Center.” The mobile simulator is designed to provide fire service company officers and chief officers the skills necessary to handle a wide variety of emergency situations. Each computer-based simulation creates an intense and realistic training environment. The incident commanders will experience commanding fire engines, trucks, ambulances and other responding units while achieving a successful outcome in a structure fire.”The Mobile Command Training Center is designed as a practice facility where we apply principles of risk management, decisions of strategy and appropriation of resources in a safe but realistic environment,” said Brad Wardle, fire chief of the West Jordan Fire Department. “Officers leave with a foundation in the basics of command, confident in their abilities after having practiced and developed incident command skills with their peers.” Attending the ribbon cutting will be local State Chiefs, UFRA Director Hugh Connor, UVU Assistant Dean Jeff Maxfield and other dignitaries.
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