Fire Fighting Patents (Class 434/226)
  • Patent number: 9646515
    Abstract: A vehicle extrication door system that is a training simulator which is used to simulate opening the door of a vehicle that has been involved in an accident. The vehicle extrication door system comprises two supports, two consumable pieces, a first connector, and a compound hinge. Each support can have a proximate end, a distal end, an interior surface and an exterior surface, and each consumable piece can have an opening. The proximate end of the first support supports the first consumable piece, and the proximate end of the second support supports the second consumable piece. The opening of the first consumable piece aligns with the opening of the second consumable piece on the same horizontal axis and the first connector then passes through the openings of the consumable pieces and secures the first consumable piece to the second consumable piece. The first support is moveable between an open and a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Firevent, LLC
    Inventor: Rodney Gene Temple
  • Patent number: 9620877
    Abstract: A pin for a semiconductor package includes an upper contact portion having a contact surface configured to mechanically and electrically couple with a pin receiver. A lower portion of the pin is configured to flex to allow an upper portion of the pin to move towards an upper contact surface of a horizontal base of the pin in response to a pressure applied along a direction collinear with a longest length of the pin towards the upper contact surface of the horizontal base when the pin is inserted into a pin receiver. Some implementations of pins include a vertical stop to stop movement of the pin when a surface of the vertical stop contacts the upper contact surface of the horizontal base. Varying implementations of pins include: two curved legs and one vertical stop; two partially curved legs and no vertical stop, and; a single leg bent into an N-shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: SEMICONDUCTOR COMPONENTS INDUSTRIES, LLC
    Inventors: Yushuang Yao, Chee Hiong Chew, Atapol Prajuckamol
  • Patent number: 9568285
    Abstract: This invention is about the art, science and technology of smoke screening. The three “areas of importance” are sea, land and air uses. During World War II military strategy was forever changed by the numerous offensive and defensive advantages created by the first ever effective large area smoke screen. Smoke screens were also used extensively during the Vietnam War. In wars since the Vietnam War there have been several military disasters—totally or partially—for not using smoke screens, it has been reported. This invention will eliminate leaking tanks, plugged up exhaust nozzles, loose control values, inaccurate gauges and regulators found in earlier and present smoke screen delivery systems. No new technology is required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Inventor: Nathanial Henry Lewis
  • Patent number: 9208694
    Abstract: A security door breach training system comprising a frame, a door attached to the frame, a latch attached to the door having a latching end, a plurality of elongate members fixed to the frame, at least one retaining pin adjacent to the frame and having a stub, a latch-receiving member positioned between the frame member and the stub of the at least one retaining pin, a elongate body having a first end attached to the third surface of the frame member and a free second end; and at least one bar attached between two of the elongate members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Breaching Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Darron Phillips, George Wyatt Tubb
  • Patent number: 9181735
    Abstract: A forced entry practice device for a door includes a housing assembly configured to be installed in a cutout of a door and defining a cavity. A support arm extends outwardly from a side portion of the housing assembly and across a major surface of the door. A casing is coupleable to a door jamb of a door frame associated with the door. A first engagement portion is coupled to the casing, and a second engagement portion is coupled to the housing assembly. A retaining member includes a first section receivable in the first engagement portion and a second section receivable in the second engagement portion. The edge of the door is maintained proximate to the door jamb when the retaining member is received in the engagement portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: TroxFire Training Solutions, LLC
    Inventor: Daniel M. Troxell
  • Publication number: 20150132728
    Abstract: A transportable fire training apparatus includes a trailer frame having a rear raised section at a rear end of the trailer frame and an unraised section at a middle portion of the trailer frame, a shell attached to the trailer frame and partitioned into a plurality of training rooms, a rear multi-axle wheel set disposed below, and attached to, the rear raised section of the trailer frame via an air ride suspension system that raises the trailer frame relative to the a rear multi-axle wheel set in response to pressurization of the air ride suspension system. The unraised section of the trailer frame rides substantially above the ground when the air ride suspension system is in a pressurized state and rests on the ground when the air ride suspension system is in an unpressurized state. A method for deploying and using the transportable fire training apparatus is also disclosed herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: David Harding, Reed Rieske, Gary Kilgore, David Owens, Raleigh Bunch, Charles Tandy, Charles Querry, Hugh Conner, Rickey Hathaway, John Schwinn
  • Publication number: 20150079559
    Abstract: A firefighting training system including a display device configured to display an actual or simulated fire and a sensor configured to detect an actual, simulated or virtual extinguishant that is directed at the display device. The system further includes a smoke or steam generation system configured to provide an output and a controller operatively coupled to the display device, the sensor and the generation system. The controller is configured to control the display of the actual or simulated fire and the output based at least in part upon an output of the sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: John Joseph Blackburn, Daniel A. Goldman, Evan Andrew Ladd
  • Publication number: 20150079558
    Abstract: A system for developing firefighting skills including a display device configured to display a simulated fire, wherein the display device has a front surface. The system further includes a sensor configured to detect an actual or simulated extinguishant that is directed at the front surface, wherein the sensor is directly coupled to the front surface of the display device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: John Joseph Blackburn, Matthew Brian Krolick, Daniel A. Goldman, Kyle Thomas Edwards, Michael Patrick Waterhouse, Cary John Vaeth, Evan Andrew Ladd
  • Publication number: 20150079557
    Abstract: A mounting and stabilization system including a base portion and a mounting portion pivotally coupled to the base portion. The base portion and the mounting portion have a closed configuration where the base portion and the mounting portion are generally parallel with each other and an open configuration where the base portion and the mounting portion are generally perpendicular with each other. The system further includes a collapsible container positioned between the base portion and the mounting portion, where the collapsible container is adapted to expand and receive ballast therein when the base portion and the mounting portion are in the open configuration. The collapsible container is adapted to collapse between the base portion and the mounting portion when the base portion and the mounting portion are in the closed configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: John Joseph Blackburn, Evan Andrew Ladd, Cary John Vaeth
  • Publication number: 20150037767
    Abstract: A forcible entry training simulator. The simulator has a clamping structure that allows for hinges to be affixed and cut by a trainee in the same manner as would have to be accomplished for forcible entry into a building. The simulator has plunge-cutting and lock-pulling simulators as well. In addition, the simulator has a stabilizing wheel structure utilized to allow easy transport and handling of the simulator. The structure of the simulator allows low cost alternatives to materials to be used to provide the same level of training as though actual hinges, doors, and locks were being utilized, but without the significant expense of utilizing actual real-world materials in training where the materials will, of necessity, be destroyed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: PEB Enterprises, LLC
    Inventor: Phillip E. Britton
  • Patent number: 8926332
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to apparatus for training the art of forcible door entry for emergency personnel such as firefighters and, in particular, a reusable forcible entry door training prop adapted to simulate a locked door and allow individuals to conduct training in forcible entry techniques for different door types and mounting configurations (e.g., opening inward or outward, left hand opening or right band opening, steel jam or wood jams).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventor: Michael Perrone
  • Patent number: 8919046
    Abstract: An explosive breach training system comprising a frame having a lock jamb with two opposing ends and an inner surface, first and second opposing frame members connected to the opposing ends of the lock jamb, and a third frame member having ends connected to the first and second frame members opposite of the lock jamb. The frame defines an interior space. A cylindrical elongate member is within the interior space and has ends attached to the first and second frame member at attachment points. A door member has a hinge side and a lock side, and is within a door space at least partially defined by the lock jamb and the portions of the first and second frame members extending between the attachment points and the opposing ends of the lock jamb. A lock bracket is adjacent to the lock jamb, and defines an elongate slot intersecting with a portion of the door space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Inventor: Darron Phillips
  • Publication number: 20140308633
    Abstract: The system has in one embodiment a representative structure having a predefined area having a plurality of changeable targets, each of the changeable targets having at least first and second positions. At least one aiming device has an activator for effecting a change of a selected changeable target between the first and second positions thereof when the activator is triggered while the aiming device is aimed at the selected changeable target. At least one signal device is activated by changes from respective first positions to respective second positions of at least some of the changeable targets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventor: Warner C. Russell
  • Patent number: 8845333
    Abstract: Apparatus for training the art of forcible door entry for emergency personnel such as firefighters and, in particular, a reusable forcible entry door training apparatus that allows individuals to simulate forcible entry of outward opening metal doors mounted in metal frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Inventor: Michael Perrone
  • Patent number: 8827714
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a method for simulating portions of an emergency response exercise includes generating situational awareness outputs associated with a simulated emergency and sending the situational awareness outputs to a plurality of output devices. Also, the method includes outputting to a user device a plurality of decisions associated with the situational awareness outputs at a decision point, receiving a selection of one of the decisions from the user device, generating new situational awareness outputs based on the selected decision, and repeating the sending, outputting and receiving steps based on the new situational awareness outputs. Other methods, systems, and computer program products are included according to other embodiments of the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignees: Lawrence Livermore National Secuity, LLC., Sandia National Laboratories
    Inventors: John W. Goforth, Michael B. Mercer, Zach Heath, Lynn I. Yang
  • Publication number: 20140220521
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a simulated roof vertical ventilation training apparatus configured to be pivotably attached to a simulated roof. In some examples, the vertical ventilation training apparatus includes a frame pivotably mounted to an exposed rafter of the simulated roof. The frame is moveable between an open position and a closed position. The edges of the frame are configured to engage with at least one disposable support member to maintain the frame in a closed position. The disposable support member is configured to be cut by a user with a hand tool to allow pivot of the frame into the open position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 2, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventor: Benjamin Davis
  • Patent number: 8720117
    Abstract: An explosive breach training system comprising a frame having a lock jamb with two opposing ends and an inner surface, two wide members connected to the opposing ends of the lock jamb, and a long member having ends connected to the wide members. The frame defines an interior space. A hinge jamb assembly comprises an elongate member within the interior space, the assembly being slidably attached to the frame and moveable between the lock jamb and the long member. A door member has a hinge side attachable to the assembly and a lock side, and fits in a door space defined by the elongate member, the lock jamb, and the portions of the wide members extending between the assembly and the opposing ends of the lock jamb. A lock bracket is adjacent to the lock jamb, and defines an elongate slot intersecting with a portion of said door space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventor: Darron Phillips
  • Patent number: 8622744
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for training one or more workers to work in a wire environment are provided. The apparatus may have a mobile platform. The apparatus may have a first training aid coupleable to the mobile platform, wherein the first training aid is configured to be moved from a transport position to a training position and a second training aid coupleable to the mobile platform, wherein the second training aid is configured to be moved from the transport position to the training position. In the training position, the first training aid and the second training aid provide a training work location that is elevated above the mobile platform for work to be performed by the one or more workers on an aerial vehicle and in the transport position the first training aid and the second training aid may be transported on the mobile platform on a highway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Quanta Associates, L.P.
    Inventors: Mark Whitman Lumry, Gordon Brent Winfree
  • Patent number: 8579631
    Abstract: A simulator for use in firefighting training exercises comprising a fire compartment having a flame; a means for generating a flame; a means for generating smoke into the fire compartment; a control room for controlling the means for generating a flame and the means for generating smoke; a means for expelling the smoke from the fire compartment; a means for oxidizing the smoke; and a stack for releasing the oxidized smoke from the oxidizing means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Inventor: Dan Beishon
  • Patent number: 8556629
    Abstract: A forcible entry training device for use with overhead doors includes an adjustable frame that is designed to hold a variety of overhead doors of different sizes, and also includes an adjustable support that applies support from the back of the door and thereby provides structural integrity to the door so that multiple vertical cuts can be made through the door. In one embodiment, vertical members in the frame are adjustably connected to horizontal members. Clamps are provided in the vertical members to secure the edges of the overhead door to the frame. Adjustable-length stabilizing legs can be used to hold the frame and door in an upright position, even when resting on an uneven surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: The Inforcer, LLC
    Inventor: Craig A. Walker
  • Publication number: 20130252213
    Abstract: A water pipe assembly for pump training is provided. In at least one embodiment, a water pipe assembly for pump training includes: a water transfer pipe rated to withstand fire pump pressures; a first coupling adapter fluidly coupled and disposed at a first end of the water transfer pipe and configured to convert fire hose thread to pipe thread; and a second coupling adapter fluidly coupled and disposed at a second end of the water transfer pipe configured to convert pipe thread to fire hose thread. In at least one embodiment, a multiplicity of water pipe assemblies for pump training is provided in a pump training systems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Inventor: Clayton Anthony Gridley
  • Publication number: 20130224700
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to apparatus for training the art of forcible door entry for emergency personnel such as firefighters and, in particular, a reusable forcible entry door training prop adapted to simulate a locked door and allow individuals to conduct training in forcible entry techniques for different door types and mounting configurations (e.g., opening inward or outward, left hand opening or right band opening, steel jam or wood jams).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2013
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Inventor: Michael Perrone
  • Publication number: 20130224701
    Abstract: Apparatus for training the art of forcible door entry for emergency personnel such as firefighters and, in particular, a reusable forcible entry door training apparatus that allows individuals to simulate forcible entry of outward opening metal doors mounted in metal frames.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2013
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Inventor: Michael Perrone
  • Patent number: 8485825
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing realistic simulation of forcible entry techniques using replaceable components that are designed to be deformed and/or destroyed during use. One embodiment includes a simulator having a door frame, a door pivotally mounted on the door frame, and at least one training station sub-unit that is mounted on either the door or the frame. The training station sub-unit includes at least one component that is designed to be destroyed and replaced (sometimes known as a “consumable” component). The consumable component is destroyed during use of the training station in order to produce a realistic training experience for the trainee using the station. The training station may be a door edge insert sub-unit that holds a consumable metal insert at an edge of the door proximal to the door latch, where the metal insert is deformed upon forcibly prying the door open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: The Inforcer, LLC
    Inventor: Craig A. Walker
  • Patent number: 8439685
    Abstract: A fire training door assembly includes a door hingably connected in a door frame including first and second vertical posts and an upper horizontal beam connecting the vertical posts. A cutout space is defined along one of the lateral sides of the door. The cutout space has an upper end, a lower end, and a side portion. The reinforced section of the second vertical post extends at least from the lower end to the upper end of said cutout space. The fire door assembly further includes a lock element movably arranged in the cutout space and a spring arranged between the lock element and the side portion urging the lock element toward the second side of the door against a stop element arranged on the door along the second lateral side of the door. The lock element is movable against an urgency of the spring toward the first lateral side of the door, whereby the forces required to move the lock element against the spring simulate the forces required to pry open a steel door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Inventor: James Shelley
  • Patent number: 8435039
    Abstract: An adjustable pitch simulated roof for training firefighters in roof ventilation procedures. The apparatus includes a vertical support structure and a pitched roof portion adjustably connected to the vertical support structure. The pitched roof portion includes an outer frame defining an interior region, a plurality of rafter brackets disposed on the outer frame, a plurality of rafters placed the interior region, and a plurality of roofing sheets covering the rafters so as to form a roof field. A mechanical winch or other adjustment means are provided for rapidly and easily changing the roof pitch, and a locking mechanism locks the roof portion in the selected position. A stationary and a trailer-mounted mobile embodiment are each shown and described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Inventor: Jeffrey Paganini
  • Patent number: 8419435
    Abstract: Apparatus for training the art of forcible door entry for emergency personnel such as firefighters and, in particular, a reusable forcible entry door training apparatus that allows individuals to simulate forcible entry of outward opening metal doors mounted in metal frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Inventor: Michael Perrone
  • Patent number: 8408917
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to apparatus for training the art of forcible door entry for emergency personnel such as firefighters and, in particular, a reusable forcible entry door training prop adapted to simulate a locked door and allow individuals to conduct training in forcible entry techniques for different door types and mounting configurations (e.g., opening inward or outward, left hand opening or right hand opening, steel jam or wood jams).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Inventor: Michael Perrone
  • Patent number: 8360782
    Abstract: A firefighting training apparatus having a trailer capable of being towed by a vehicle; an elevated platform supported above the trailer and presenting a simulated rooftop; and a raising mechanism, the raising mechanism attached between the elevated platform and the trailer, the raising mechanism supporting the elevated platform at a desired pitch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Inventor: Rodney G. Temple
  • Publication number: 20120208154
    Abstract: Apparatus for training the art of forcible door entry for emergency personnel such as firefighters and, in particular, a reusable forcible entry door training apparatus that allows individuals to simulate forcible entry of outward opening metal doors mounted in metal frames.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2011
    Publication date: August 16, 2012
    Inventor: Michael Perrone
  • Patent number: 8197257
    Abstract: A dual-swing breach training system is provided that includes a door having a removable strike plate therein and a removable means for adjustably securing the door and the doorframe in a coaxial position, that is readily removable to meet various training needs. A base for the system that does not obstruct access to the door during training is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Inventor: Brandon H. Clewis
  • Patent number: 8192202
    Abstract: A fire training system with improved ability to be handled and with the possibility of generating different flame aspects is provided. The fire training system has at least one liquid reservoir (1) and a regulating and control unit (2). The regulating and control unit (2) is connected to at least one distributor unit (5) via at least one electric line (3). The liquid gas reservoir (1) is connected to the at least one distributor unit (5) via at least one liquid gas line. (4). Each distribution unit (5) is provided with control valves that can be actuated for dispensing the liquid to downstream liquid gas discharge nozzles (6) and to an associated pilot burner (7), and with at least one sensor (8) for detecting the success of extinguishing. The liquid gas discharge nozzles (6) are arranged at a fire-resistant surface (9).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Dräger Safety AG & Co. KGaA
    Inventors: Volker Schütte, Martin Reichel
  • Patent number: 8177692
    Abstract: A pike pole exercise apparatus is provided for firemen to train and condition themselves for using a pike pole hook. A base has an elongated post attached thereto which extends generally vertically therefrom. An elongated hollow slide member is slidably mounted on the elongated post for sliding thereon and has a weight attached thereto so that a fireman can grip the slide member and slide it up and down on the elongated pole to exercise and train for using a pike pole hook.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Inventor: Timothy A. Deppen
  • Patent number: 8167621
    Abstract: A training device is described for perfecting the art of forcibly opening a door in an emergency. The training device has a frame and a door placed in the frame. A dead bolt is mounted in the door and protrudes from the door in a locked position relative to the frame. A vise is attached to the frame. The vise has a movable jaw mounted on a block and a stationary jaw, and means for tightening the movable jaw against the dead bolt. The dead bolt protrudes from the door between the stationary and movable jaw. A method of using the training device causes the door to pivot and the dead bolt to move off of the vise, thus simulating an actual forced opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Red Barn Innovations LLC
    Inventor: Thomas J. Allen
  • Patent number: 8162285
    Abstract: A safety device includes a first loop arranged around a handle of a nozzle. via a first strip of material. A second strip of material extends across the second A second loop is arranged around a body of the nozzle and adjoins the first loop loop. A first strip of material includes a fastener for creating a third loop that prevents a bale of the nozzle from being opened. The safety device may include a visual indicator arranged at a free end of the first strip of material for indicating that a firefighting crew maintaining the nozzle has passed inspection and the type of agent the fire hose expels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Inventor: Dwayne Rooker
  • Patent number: 8128408
    Abstract: A door breach training system comprising a first restraint assembly connecting a door to a frame. The door is attached to a lock jamb of the frame with a first restraint assembly that exposes a shear joint to impact from a projectile, such as shotgun round. Another embodiment further comprises attachment of the door to the hinge jamb with at least one second restraint assembly that functionally simulates a typical door hinge and exposes a shear joint to impact from a ballistic round. The preferred embodiment includes replaceable lock panels and hinge panels that are designed to break in a known manner in order to replicate those same failure modes for both door locks and door hinges in typical residential and commercial construction environments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Inventors: Darron Phillips, Jeff Wright, Jeff Lambert
  • Patent number: 8096810
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for use in fire extinguisher training are provided. These methods and apparatus are implemented electronically without the need for an open flame. The training apparatus includes a display having a plurality of light sources adapted to display a varying light pattern simulating a dynamic flame; a sensor adapted to detect a stimulus emitted by one of a fire extinguisher and a fire extinguisher simulator and output a signal corresponding to the detected stimulus; and one or more processors adapted to receive the output from the sensor and vary the light pattern simulating the dynamic flame on the display in response to the stimulus detected by the sensor. The methods and apparatus may be used to train firefighters in the proper use of a fire extinguisher, for example, training in the techniques typically required when suppressing class A, B, C, D, and K type fires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Bullex, Inc.
    Inventors: John Joseph Blackburn, Ryan O'Donnell, Thomas Rossi
  • Patent number: 7972139
    Abstract: A training device for training the techniques of forcible entry through a locked door includes a door having an inner vertical edge, the door being hingedly mounted within a door frame for swinging movement between closed and open positions, the door frame including a hollow vertical jamb having a vertical surface adjacent the inner vertical edge of the door and an opening in the vertical surface communicating with the hollow. A pin projects from the door and is received within the opening in the jamb. When the door is in the closed position the pin is clamped by a pair of vertically opening and closing hinged jaws, the jaws being operable within the hollow between open and closed positions and being biased into the closed position by compression springs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Inventor: Gregg W. Staub
  • Patent number: 7967326
    Abstract: A tactical breaching demonstration trailer includes: a) a trailer unit having a frame, at least one axle, at least two wheels, a hitch and a flatbed; b) a breaching cage for tactical breaching demonstration, the cage being connected to the flatbed of the trailer unit, the breaching cage having a cage frame creating at least one front wall frame having a doorway and having a door hingedly connected to the doorway with hinges so as to open inwardly when not latched, the door and doorway having a door latching mechanism to prevent the door from being swung open on the hinges, the latching mechanism including a breakaway feature to yield when the door is battered with a tactical ram; and, c) breaching cage support connected to at least one of the breaching cage and the flatbed and adapted to support the breaching cage in an upright position relative to the flatbed. In some embodiments, the cage is collapsible and/or removable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Jersey Tactional Corp.
    Inventors: Nicholas Klementowicz, III, John A. Dapkins, Jr., Kenneth P. Glynn
  • Publication number: 20110143324
    Abstract: An adjustable pitch simulated roof for training firefighters in roof ventilation procedures. The apparatus includes a vertical support structure and a pitched roof portion adjustably connected to the vertical support structure. The pitched roof portion includes an outer frame defining an interior region, a plurality of rafter brackets disposed on the outer frame, a plurality of rafters placed the interior region, and a plurality of roofing sheets covering the rafters so as to form a roof field. A mechanical winch or other adjustment means are provided for rapidly and easily changing the roof pitch, and a locking mechanism locks the roof portion in the selected position. A stationary and a trailer-mounted mobile embodiment are each shown and described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2010
    Publication date: June 16, 2011
    Inventor: Jeffrey Paganini
  • Patent number: 7901212
    Abstract: A mobile collapsed building simulator for use in training fire fighters and emergency personnel. The simulator comprises a trailer body with an interior partitioned into two vertical levels. A plurality of partitions divide the vertical levels into a navigable path through the trailer body. A plurality of obstacles are configured within navigable path to simulate a collapsed building environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: Personal Protection Equipment Specialists
    Inventors: Thomas Quinn, Kerry Oswald, Michael Quinn
  • Publication number: 20100304345
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for use in fire extinguisher training are provided. These methods and apparatus are implemented electronically without the need for an open flame. The training apparatus includes a display having a plurality of light sources adapted to display a varying light pattern simulating a dynamic flame; a sensor adapted to detect a stimulus emitted by one of a fire extinguisher and a fire extinguisher simulator and output a signal corresponding to the detected stimulus; and one or more processors adapted to receive the output from the sensor and vary the light pattern simulating the dynamic flame on the display in response to the stimulus detected by the sensor. The methods and apparatus may be used to train firefighters in the proper use of a fire extinguisher, for example, training in the techniques typically required when suppressing class A, B, C, D, and K type fires.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2010
    Publication date: December 2, 2010
    Applicant: BULLEX, INC.
    Inventors: John Joseph BLACKBURN, Ryan O'DONNELL, Thomas ROSSI
  • Publication number: 20100304344
    Abstract: A forcible entry training device for use with overhead doors includes an adjustable frame that is designed to hold a variety of overhead doors of different sizes, and also includes an adjustable support that applies support from the back of the door and thereby provides structural integrity to the door so that multiple vertical cuts can be made through the door. In one embodiment, vertical members in the frame are adjustably connected to horizontal members. Clamps are provided in the vertical members to secure the edges of the overhead door to the frame. Adjustable-length stabilizing legs can be used to hold the frame and door in an upright position, even when resting on an uneven surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2010
    Publication date: December 2, 2010
    Inventor: Craig A. Walker
  • Publication number: 20100248196
    Abstract: A simulator for use in firefighting training exercises comprising a fire compartment having a flame; a means for generating a flame; a means for generating smoke into the fire compartment; a control room for controlling the means for generating a flame and the means for generating smoke; a means for expelling the smoke from the fire compartment; a means for oxidizing the smoke; and a stack for releasing the oxidized smoke from the oxidizing means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2010
    Publication date: September 30, 2010
    Inventor: Dan Beishon
  • Patent number: 7789666
    Abstract: A reusable ballistic door for use in the training of individuals such as police officers and military personnel. The door may be formed to have different weak spots, requiring different techniques to enter the door. The door may be quickly and inexpensively rebuilt for subsequent training. A reusable training door may also be used inside of a shoot house to provide realistic training scenarios.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: Action Target Inc.
    Inventors: Addison Sovine, Kyle Bateman, David Bassett, James Sovine, Tom Wright, Thomas Marshall
  • Patent number: 7748983
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for use in fire extinguisher training are provided. These methods and apparatus are implemented electronically without the need for an open flame. The training apparatus includes a display having a plurality of light sources adapted to display a varying light pattern simulating a dynamic flame; a sensor adapted to detect a stimulus emitted by one of a fire extinguisher and a fire extinguisher simulator and output a signal corresponding to the detected stimulus; and one or more processors adapted to receive the output from the sensor and vary the light pattern simulating the dynamic flame on the display in response to the stimulus detected by the sensor. The methods and apparatus may be used to train firefighters in the proper use of a fire extinguisher, for example, training in the techniques typically required when suppressing class A, B, C, D, or K type fires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: BullEx, Inc.
    Inventors: John Joseph Blackburn, Ryan O'Donnell, Thomas Rossi
  • Patent number: 7744373
    Abstract: A firefighting trainer includes a tank for containing a volume of a non-combustible dispersion medium such as water. The water resides within the tank having an upper surface of the water exposed through an open upper end of the tank. A fuel distribution system distributes a combustible fuel into the tank beneath the water surface. An air distribution system distributes an oxygen containing gas (such as air) into the tank beneath the upper water surface. An ignition system ignites a mixture of a vapor of the fuel and the air at the upper surface of the water. A screen covers the open end of the tank and is spaced from the upper surface of the water. The screen has open spaces permitting passage of flame through the screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: Kidde Fire Trainers, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven J. Williamson, Louis Orotelli
  • Patent number: 7611356
    Abstract: A training device, for training emergency personnel to breach a locked door with a blunt force technique. The training device includes a door, a door frame, and a locking mechanism having a latching cylinder with a vertical axis, a latch stop, and at least one heavy-duty spring. The door is held in a closed position by the latching cylinder engaging the latch stop under the strong bias of the spring. The application of a blunt force near the locking mechanism causes the latching cylinder to move slightly away from the latch stop to allow the door to enter an open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2009
    Inventor: Michael Bishop
  • Publication number: 20090263770
    Abstract: The system and method for simulating hazardous environments provides simulated meter readings of hazardous environment for training first responder entry teams by controlling a simulated display provided to portable detection meters, such as via a wireless interface. The simulator provides meter reading displays for selected environments and allows for two-way interactive response. A master control unit allows direct control of individual meter displays and scenarios representing various hazardous environments. A hazardous environment is reflected by parameters indicating the presence of hazardous substances, and the apparatus can be implemented by external placement on current meters, as part of a general training meter, or using technology to internally control existing meters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2009
    Publication date: October 22, 2009
    Inventor: Philip L. Ambrose
  • Publication number: 20090215014
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing realistic simulation of forcible entry techniques using replaceable components that are designed to be deformed and/or destroyed during use. One embodiment includes a simulator having a door frame, a door pivotally mounted on the door frame, and at least one training station sub-unit that is mounted on either the door or the frame. The training station sub-unit includes at least one component that is designed to be destroyed and replaced (sometimes known as a “consumable” component). The consumable component is destroyed during use of the training station in order to produce a realistic training experience for the trainee using the station. The training station may be a door edge insert sub-unit that holds a consumable metal insert at an edge of the door proximal to the door latch, where the metal insert is deformed upon forcibly prying the door open.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2009
    Publication date: August 27, 2009
    Inventor: Craig A. Walker