Grandparents of children killed in fire to donate fire safety tool

The Butler Children (Source: WCL Community Foundation)
The Butler Children (Source: WCL Community Foundation)

WEST CHESTER, OH (FOX19) - The grandparents of three children who were killed in a fire in 2007 are donating a fire safety education tool to the West Chester Fire Department.

Aubrey, Alex and Braden Butler were killed in their West Chester home in November of 2007. Their grandparents, Jim and Susan Butler, have been giving back to the community by creating the 3 Halos Fund in the children's memory. The group raises awareness about fire safety education and fire prevention.

On Wednesday, the Butlers are presenting a new tool designed to train individuals in the proper use of a fire extinguisher to the West Chester Fire Department. HotShot provides realistic, self-generating digital flames that respond directly to a compressed air and water SmartExtinguisher used by trainers. If trainees fail to use the proper technique, the flames respond accordingly. Flames can diminish, grow gradually or even reignite.

HotShot's digital flames allow for training in the actual work environment, where live-fire training may not be possible, and provides optional setting which require the individual being trained to change technique based on the class of fire they are fighting.

"This tool will complement the West Chester Fire Department's current fire extinguisher training by allowing us to reach more people throughout the year and not be restricted by weather," said Fire Captain Scott Brooks. "Our two current simulators are propane driven which restrict their use to the outdoors. They are also weather dependent because of wind and rain."

The Butlers previously donated Sparky's Hazard House to the West Chester Fire Department which helps educate children on various household hazards. Sparky's Hazard House is utilized for programs in Lakota Schools throughout the school year.

The 3 Halos Fund is managed by The Community Foundation of West Chester and Liberty.

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