VFW Donates New Fire Extinguisher Training Equipment

Posted on February 12, 2018


BullEx equipmentThanks to a donation from the VFW Post 3438, the West Carrollton Fire Department now has a new tool for teaching fire extinguisher safety.

During the Feb. 13 city council meeting, the members of VFW Post 3438 will be recognized for their contribution of a fire extinguisher training system valued at approximately $8,000.

The new BullEx ‘intelligent training system’ includes a refillable water and air based fire extinguisher system, as well as a propane-based, computer-controlled flame simulator that lets residents practice proper technique for putting out small fires.

“We’ve tried, but not been successful, in securing a grant to purchase the system in the past, so we are very grateful that the VFW offered to donate the funds,” said Fire Chief Chris Barnett.

A video that explains the system can be found at: https://youtu.be/tS4khYXPxsc.

Post Commander Joe Ketring said the donation comes from the post’s charitable account that focuses on both helping veterans in need and serving the local community. He said the post has also recently donated to the Dayton V.A. Hospital and West Carrollton Food Bank. Ketring said the post has plans to also make donations for a college scholarship to a West Carrollton High School student and to the West Carrollton Police Department.

“It’s important for people to know that we are more than just a bar, we are also a charitable organization,” said Ketring, a 48-year West Carrollton resident, who became the VFW Post 3438 commander in November 2017.

The VFW Post 3438 is located at 5441 Marina Drive adjacent to the Great Miami River and Interstate 75’s Exit 47.

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For media interviews, contact VFQ Post Commander Joe Ketring at (937) 776-6005 or Fire Chief Chris Barnett at (937) 847-4645.

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