Canvas Corners 
The Engine Co. Training Prop
The idea of an engine company training prop to serve as corners and hallways for hoseline evolutions came from Aaron Fields of Nozzle Forward, he saw the need for an affordable training prop that could be easily set up and adusted. The ingredience of expandable, contractable, adustable, light weight, and maintaining affordability was very challenging but after several months af trial and error we finally I had something good for training.

I didn't get into the training prop busisness to make money but I am passionate about the fire service, the engine, and love training so it has been great. My dream of getting that paid spot as a firefighter is what I am working towards which hasn't yet happened but designing, fabricating and distributing these props has given me an opportunity to do work with, and know the guys I look up to and follow such as Fields, Jamison, Lujan, Brush, along with many more great firefighters from all over. That's something I really do appreciate.

In the begining it was Nate Jamison and Brian Brush who helped guide me on how to market the props and distribute information on Canvas Corners. Brush still continues to support me by keeping me involved and being an inspiring mentor. 

If you haven't attended a class by Nozzle Forward, FirebyTrade, or read any of their stuff I have posted links to their pages on MyFireService Home


 

 
How the engine prop works:
Canvas Corners is designed to hold 7/16 in. x 4'x8' sheets, most commonly Oriented Strand Board (OSB). These sheets become your walls. 
The walls are usually held in place by using 55 gallon barrels as anchor points, an adjustable tab on the back of the prop accomidates the various height found in barrels. The adjustable tab also allows for the use of pallates as anchor points by hooking a horozontal slat on the palate. The use of bollards is also an option by using a ratchet-strap. 

Adjusting and changing the corners:
Two different brackets are used to create your layout, an adjustable (Straight, right or left 90) and a straight that also allows for splicing two 4'x8' sheets together. To adjust the angle you will simply pull the hinge-pin up, move to create your corner and then drop the pin back into place. The adjustable brackets will serve as wither an inside or outside corner.