We have also added two Fire Alarm Trainers that will allow apprentices to install, wire, and program the various components associated with a Fire Alarm System. The trainers have been designed to simulate a building with two floors, lobbies, an elevator shaft, and a sprinkler room with tamper and flow switches. Fire Alarm systems continue to be a key component of any building system and protect all personnel occupying it. These trainers will help to ensure that our installers are effectively and efficiently installing these systems to help provide worker and patron safety in commercial and industrial buildings. We have also added a new instructor who is experienced with various complex systems throughout the area to focus exclusively on fire alarm systems. The courses include a rigorous series of labs that must be completed in order to pass these courses.
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Southwire has donated a MAXIS tugger, MAXISJAX reel stands, simpull wire, MAXIS triggers, and their QWIK rope which will allow our apprentices to practice proper wire pulling procedures. When used together, this system is pretty amazing. The remote foot switches allow either end of the wire pull to stop the tugger by simply lifting your foot off the switch. This improves safety by removing the need to transmit an emergency stop across a radio. The improved rope and wire also reduce friction and allow for an easier pull and no required lubricant which can put a workers hands close to pinch points. We have installed parallel 3" EMT runs to give apprentices hands-on experience in our lab.