Federal Signal Environmental Solutions Group introduced the industry’s first intermodal training simulator, designed by FS Solutions to help its customers increase job safety, operational efficiency and regulatory compliance in a variety of applications.

The FS Solutions training simulator complements the company’s industry-leading classroom training program. The simulator facilitates hands-on training in such common applications as high pressure and ultra-high pressure waterblasting, coatings removal, metal cutting, industrial vacuuming and confined-space operations.

“Giving our professional cleaning contractor customers the knowledge to perform tasks safely and efficiently is only half the battle,” said Gary Toothe, training manager, FS Solutions. “Our customers also need the experience of actually performing what they were taught, both for verification and reinforcement. This is what the simulator provides.”

The intermodal training simulator can also help companies practice compliance procedures that meet OSHA’s Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard (HAZWOPER) regulations, covering hazardous waste clean-up operations, corrective actions, emergency response efforts and storage.  

The simulator is configurable to match customer training needs. The unit has three distinct training areas – top side, confined space and outside. A training supervisor can divide a class into three groups that can cycle through each of the simulator’s training stations, maximizing every trainee’s hands-on use of the simulator’s equipment. Typical training sessions include two hours of class time and two hours of work in and around the simulator.

The simulator’s training stations include areas for cleaning, cutting and surface preparation through a variety of equipment. The equipment is designed to provide students with the essential techniques required to be both safe and productive in the field.

A variety of simulated contaminants may be applied to the various heat exchangers and piping to provide realistic working conditions for trainees.

The simulator can also be used for industrial vacuum training, confined space training and HAZWOPER training practice.


Training simulator available for remote training
FS Solutions will keep the training simulator at its Houston regional training center, but the unit is available for on-site customer training. In response to demand, the company will roll out additional intermodal training simulators at its other regional centers in Birmingham, Ala., Long Beach, Calif., and Toledo, Ohio in the future.

All FS Solutions locations provide access to factory-trained, certified technicians and genuine OEM parts. “FS Solutions customers look to us for recommendations and solutions to the unique challenges of their particular applications,” Toothe said. “Whether it’s a contractor looking for faster, more cost-effective ways to perform cleaning operations or a business that can benefit from application expertise, equipment evaluations or training, we’re providing solutions.”

With nearly 100 years of collective experience in industrial vacuum loading, sewer and catch basin cleaning, vacuum excavation and industrial high-pressure waterblasting, FS Solutions offers unsurpassed expertise and a unique breadth of product lines and trusted brands to meet the needs of industrial cleaning contractors and other industry professionals. For more information about products and services available from the FS Solutions centers or to find the nearest location, call 800/822-8785, or visit www.fssolutionsgroup.com.

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