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    Page Title| Happenings News Stories  2011


    June 2, 2011

    OCVTS Students Build Training Rig To Aid Firemen
    Jean Sullivian, June 2, 2011

    Caption: OCVTS Students Build Training Rig To Aid Firemen

    OCEAN COUNTY, NEW JERSEY Students from the Construction Trades Technology program at Ocean County Vocational Technical School (OCVTS) were called upon for a special project this year; to construct a large piece of training equipment to be used at the Ocean County Fire and First Aid Training Center, in Waretown.

    Construction Trades Instructor Sean Moroney coordinated the project through Ray VanMarter, from the Training Center. Mr. VanMarter had seen photos online of a “truckman’s training rig” used in another state as a teaching aid for new fireman trainees. The wooden structure mimicks the types of construction obstacles firemen would encounter when called upon to enter and ventilate a burning structure. After a few meetings and rough drawings, Mr. VanMarter and Mr. Moroney completed an original design for their own training rig.

    Materials for the structure were provided by the Ocean County Fireman’s Association, which represents over 60 fire companies throughout Ocean County, all of whom train at the Center. Mr. Moroney and his students built the structure in sections at the OCVTS Brick Center on Chambers Bridge Road. The overall construction was completed in three weeks. The sections were then transported by the Ocean County Roads Department to the Fire Training Center last week and on Friday students worked on-site all day to finalize the structure. The rig consists of a ‘section of house’ which provides training to breech doorways, windows, reinforced rebar, and concrete block as well as a large section of roof which allows new recruits to learn procedures in a safe manner, closer to the ground.

    Mr. VanMarter explained, “We have existing training structures but new trainees are 2 or 3 stories off the ground. This new rig provides the opportunity to train at ground level and build confidence and then move to higher levels. The rig is designed so that groups of trainees can move from station to station and learn multiple objectives in one confined area. It will be a valuable asset to the Center.”

    Instructor Sean Moroney commented, “It was a great way for the students to get real-world experience. They had to keep on schedule and work within a budget. They got to apply what we learned in class and they worked as a team to get things done.”

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