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Simulation Training: Staying in Character and Using Consequences to Get the Most Out of Your Sim

Published on January 12, 2021

Simulation Training: Staying in Character and Using Consequences to Get the Most Out of Your Sim
  Regardless of your equipment or budget, there are two key practices that can consistently increase the effectiveness of any simulation training program: 1. Build Consequences into Each Scenario 2. Stay in Character  Rob Raheb—a simulation training specialist with FAAC—has decades of experience in Emergency Medical Services and has trained first responders and transit drivers … Continued

Bus Training Simulators: A Change in Transit Culture

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Bus training simulators have changed the way we think about driver training. In this video, two subject matter experts discuss the impact made by bus simulation training and some common misconceptions about the process. Learn more about FAAC’s bus training simulators here: https://www.faac.com/commercial/bus/ Or contact us directly: https://www.faac.com/commercial/contact/ In this video, Clayne Woodbury (North American … Continued

Protest Response – How to Fill the Policy Gaps and Train for Bias-Free Situational Awareness

Published on January 11, 2021

Protest Response – How to Fill the Policy Gaps and Train for Bias-Free Situational Awareness
  The nation exploded into protests and violence after the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor at the hands of police officers during the spring and summer of 2020. Covered heavily by the media, image after image showed police in riot gear, buildings on fire, citizens under arrest, and heightened tensions. Protests were conflated … Continued

Precision Immobilization Technique: The Best Tool for Ending Police Pursuits?

Published on January 7, 2021

Precision Immobilization Technique: The Best Tool for Ending Police Pursuits?
  The “precision immobilization technique” (or “PIT”) is one of the very few tools law enforcement has to stop a dangerous pursuit immediately. But it carries certain risks and is becoming increasingly controversial. When performed at lower speeds (below 35 mph), this maneuver—sometimes also called a “pursuit intervention technique” or “tactical vehicle intervention” (“TVI”)—is generally … Continued

Using Your Bus Simulator to Hire for Attitude, Not Just Experience

Published on December 22, 2020

Using Your Bus Simulator to Hire for Attitude, Not Just Experience
Every transit agency struggles with churn and a shortage of good applicants. Take St. Louis Metro Transit as an example. That agency needs to hire and train at least 100 to 120 operators per year, just to stay ahead of churn. Traditionally, transit agencies have dealt with this by seeking to hire individuals who already … Continued

Bus Simulator vs. “Bending Metal Behind the Wheel”: Helping Operators Acclimate to Vehicle Dynamics

Published on December 17, 2020

Bus Simulator vs. “Bending Metal Behind the Wheel”: Helping Operators Acclimate to Vehicle Dynamics
  Even when transit agencies go out of their way to seek out applicants with prior large/commercial motor vehicle (CMV) experience, they find that those trainees can struggle to learn how to maintain proper right rear clearance, “walk” the bus around the corner, and continue to properly scan the area and mirrors. Increasingly, they are … Continued

Get In the Zone! Two Simple Steps Police Leaders Can Take to Provide Learning Zone Opportunities

Published on December 16, 2020

Get In the Zone! Two Simple Steps Police Leaders Can Take to Provide Learning Zone Opportunities
  The performance zone—as discussed in Part 1—is where we are comfortable: the zone where we strive to execute our job to the best of our abilities, concentrate on what we have mastered and minimize mistakes. But in order to improve skills in all areas of law enforcement, including de-escalation and discernment in use-of-force, we … Continued
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