Visitors from around the globe received two days of training on the state of the fire suppression industry and the AFEX product line at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center in Durham, N.C. The event hosted distributors from nine different countries.
Presenters covered a range of topics ranging from various system applications, to correct system configuration, to appropriate system sizing. Among the specifics discussed were the continuing emergence of dual agent systems, which use both dry chemical and liquid suppression agents together, and the intrinsic value of third-party certifications. The training sessions included extensive hands-on exercises with the company’s telematics-compatible Control Unit, as well as a review a number of industry technologies, including Tier 4 engines, fleet management and hybrid vehicles. The presentation was supplemented with a number of videos, including a segment focused on fire suppression from the History Channel-produced “Rise of the Machines” television program. As always, a focus was placed on customer service, including an emphasis on thorough documentation for the end user and operator training. The company also introduced its new 30-gallon liquid suppression agent tank. The school was capped off with a certification test.
“The Distributor Training School provides our partners in the field the chance to interact with one another and to share industry knowledge in a personal way. Each year the feedback on that aspect of the event is extremely positive,” said Rod Cavallaro, AFEX vice president. “AFEX would like to thank the attendees for their commitment in attending. Many traveled for more than 24 hours just to get here, and that high level of dedication ought to be recognized. As an organization, we truly appreciate the opportunity to share with our network of service providers the most current and relevant trends and insights we’ve identified across the many disciplines of our industry.”