BD Donates Smoke Machine to Boost Wilson Firefighter Training
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Contact: Brian Bowman, Wilson Public Affairs Manager
BD, a leading global medical technology company that develops, manufactures and sells medical devices, instrument systems and reagents, is improving the training environment for Wilson Firefighters. The company, which recently opened a manufacturing facility here in Wilson, donated a smoke machine that provides more realistic training conditions for emergency personnel.
“This smoke machine can potentially save lives,” said Tracy Mosley, Deputy Chief of Wilson Fire/Rescue Services. “Our Firefighters are able to train in a safe environment how to deal with little or no visibility. This donation from BD will help lead to better-trained, more confident Firefighters in our community.”
A burning building produces thick, toxic smoke that makes rescue and containment much more difficult for emergency personnel. This machine fills a training facility with a life-like smoke that isn’t toxic.
“We are pleased to be a part of the Wilson Community and impressed by the courtesy and professionalism of the staff and leadership at Wilson Fire and Rescue Services,” said Greg McGuire, BD EH&S Coordinator / Engineering. “It is indeed an honor to present them with a token of our appreciation and sincerely hope that it will enable them to achieve their mission of providing Fire Prevention and Life Safety services to the citizens and businesses of our community.”
Wilson Firefighters acknowledge that the help is especially timely right now.
“These machines can be pretty expensive, and with the economy we’ve had to tighten our budgets in recent years,” said Chief Mosley. “BD is making a significant difference for our Firefighters and our citizens with this donation. We appreciate it.”