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Ventilation training in Latin America

Under the tender by LEADER for the order of more than 300 ventilation kits, purchased by firefighters from Chile, Argentina y Brazil, the LEADER team went to meet more than 100 firefighters in order to train them in the handling of the eqquipment delivered.

formation en amerique latine 2Several training sessions on the use of the blower fans were performed. Amongst them, the following barracks and schools attended courses to learn and apply the ventilation principles:

     - Training at the National Academy of the Argentina firefighters in San Luis (Argentina),

     - Training at the National Academy of the Chile firefighters in Santiago de Chile (Chile),

     - Training at the operational training center and at the military firefighters of the Federal District in Brasilia (Brazil),

     - Training at the Academy of the Rio de Janeiro firefighters and at the military firefighters of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil).


Trainees have discovered various intervention methods that they can use in the field to optimize the implementation of LEADER blower fans.

Practical exercices were performed to demonstrate the benefits of the Easy Pow'Air technology. The main advantages of this technology developed by LEADER are:

     - Very concentrated jet which uses all of the air flow generated,

     - Ambient air is entrained by the speed and shape of the air jet,

     - Possible to position at a distance of between 0.90 and 6 meters (3 and 20 feet) from the opening,

     - The modularity of the LEADER blower fans.


The following techniques of positive pressure ventilation were presented to firefighters encountered:

     - Offensive ventilation: Direct action on smoke and fire to affect its behavior and reduce its size.

     - Defensive ventilation: Protects areas of the spread of the fire, smoke and hot gases,

    - Combined ventilation: Also called operational ventilation, it's the combination of defensive and offensive ventilation particularly used in buildings.


Offensive ventilation was particularly appreciated by the learners because of its effectiveness in helping to extinguish a fire. In fact, this technique allows a rapid and controlled smoke and hot gases evacuation, an increased visibility and a decrease of the temperature. Also, it increases firefighters' safety and facilitates their action.

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