I am interested in finding out what kind of training props other agencies are using. Do you have home made ones or do you purchase ready-made equipment? We have a few items such as a 150 lb cylinder that we can fill with compressed air at the bottom through a valve to practice with our capping kit and a few drums with holes in them for plugging and patching.
I am hoping to build a number of props on our training ground and in our hazmat station to make training more realistic. We also just purchased a HazSim system and will be putting it into service soon.
I love the cheap things. How about a tank from a junked car to practice drilling and piercing. How about a “leak monster” (I know a guy who fabricates them). How about a car that simulates a “chemical suicide”. How about a intermodal container gained from a local scrap yard or even a shipper that is putting a container out to pasture that you can get?
We have a major interstate in our city. We reach out to our local “heavy wrecker” company that toes all the trailers after a crash. They bring stuff by once or twice a year for us to cut, plug, patch, and pump out.