Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Applications: Projector Illuminates Firefighting Methods

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Applications: Projector Illuminates Firefighting Methods

Article excerpt

Since 1931, the Fire Training Division, Texas Engineering Extension Service of the Texas A&M University System has provided hands-on as well as classroom training for scores of marine, industrial and municipal firefighters on its 62-acre compound.

With over 21,000 students in the program every year, much of the training consists of classroom sessions involving large audiences, and centers on viewing film clips of fires. Originally the films were shot on 16mm film, enabling the clips to be shown on a large screen. But as the standard evolved to the VHS videotape format, a need emerged for an effective VHS projector that would enable viewing by a large number of students.

To answer this need, the division purchased a CRT-based video projector, but soon found that the unit required near darkness for effective viewing. Problems also arose when the unit was moved, a frequent occurrence. The projector proved to be awkward to move and required the availability of a trained technician at each new site for readjustments.

* A New Search

A new search began for a projector that was better tailored to the Fire Training Division's needs. After a lengthy period, during which time various other units were examined, the division chose to purchase five new XV-100P solid-state, color LCD video projection systems from Sharp Electronics of Mahwah, N.J.

"The projector's ability to project images that are both clear and bright without the need for total darkness is what impressed us the most," says Tom Foster, the assistant department head. …

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