Maritime Shipboard Fire Training

  • Demonstrate to tremendous effect the critical need to crash stop ventilation systems to prevent and restrict smoke spread
  • Create dense and Variable smoke scenarios for the most realistic BA (Breathing Apparatus) training
  • Enhance the effectiveness and capabilities of your fire fighting teams, in their own working environment
  • Test the efficacy of your emergency control and communication procedures 
  • Help ship operators comply with SOLAS / STCW - Training in a smoke filled environment with BA

A fire at sea can be devastating.  Ensuring that crews are trained in safe but highly realistic conditions can help them tackle a real fire with greater speed, efficiency and confidence - minimising the damage to the ship, its cargo and of course risk to life.

Concept recommend the Colt 4 for shipboard training exercises.  The smoke generator is:

  • Safe, non toxic smoke
  • Non contaminating
  • No lingering smell
  • Smoke "On Demand"
  • "Off power" capability 
  • Compact & robust - just 7kg
  • Extremely persistent smoke
  • Low running costs
  • Class leading warranties
  • Sub micron particle size

The Colt is used world-wide for fire training applications on board ships.

After extensive testing and trails the Concept Colt 4 / Turbo was selected to equip the entire Royal Navy, Royal Fleet Auxiliary and RNZN fleets - it was concluded that the Colt 4 is an outstanding training aid for the ships safety officer. 

Another smoke generating device that Concept recommend for ship board fire training is the B1 high output battery powered smoke generator.  The B1 has the ability to make smoke continuously on maximum output for 10 minutes using the on-board battery or alternatively the B1 could be used with an appropriate larger external giving up to 2 hours of smoke production.  Running costs are extremely low, using just 10ml of smoke fluid per minute.  The B1 is 100% portable, has a heat up time of just 1 second, small, lightweight, practical, has adjustable output and is incredibly easy to use!

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Users say:

"I would like to recommend the Concept smoke machine to all shipboard trainers.  The smoke produced is very realistic.  I Use the machine during search and rescue exercises and fire drills.  A very valuable lesson when using smoke is that if the ventilation is not stopped and the fire flaps not closed immediately the smoke will rapidly spread to other compartments and decks.  The machine is very easy to use and is virtually maintenance free.  Concept provide an excellent after sales service"

Arklow Shipping

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Confined Space Rescue Program Manager - North Tree Fire

ViCount use in Hot Fire Trainer

The machine has performed flawlessly up to this point and I purchased the machine from you at least six or seven years ago.

I have to confess I have never cleaned the orifice with the drill as you mentioned.

Actually, after the install, I have never worked on the machine again which, I am sure, is at least neglect on my part.

We originally had two smoke generators in the trainer, one fore and one aft.   The other machine (not Concepts) is quite a bit older
and it quit about two years ago but we found that the ViCount generated so much smoke we did not really need two machines.

The machine is protected from the heat of the trainer by a bulkhead with a port for the smoke to get through.

To give you an idea of the efficiency and quantity and the character of the smoke, the ceiling temperature inside the trainer as verified by two gauges reaches about 1300 degrees F. The smoke level inside the trainer is maintained quite adequately from the floor to about the
four and one half foot level but not much higher due to the temperature. We have found that it burns off at about 450 degrees F (230C).

Your smoke machine has trained hundreds of line Firefighters from all over the US including from major metropolitan Fire Departments such as Los Angeles County Fire, Pasadena Fire, San Jose Fire, Las Vegas Fire, Oakland Fire, Berkeley Fire, Sacramento Metro Fire, Cal Fire, and many federal agencies as well.

The training and experience those fire fighters receive in the intense heat and disorientingly smoky environment the ViCount helps create has without question saved lives and injuries as well as millions of dollars of property damage that may have occurred without the level of training
the ViCount helps provide.

Thank you for your help and support.

Best regards,

Mitch Ward CIHM
NorthTree Fire
Confined Space Rescue Program Manager