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Don’t Miss the Bus: Successfully Using a FTA Low-No Grant

Published on March 1, 2024

Don’t Miss the Bus: Successfully Using a FTA Low-No Grant
The Department of Transportation is going all in on a zero-emission/low-emission future for mass transit. Hence, funding opportunities have been significantly expanded, like the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Low or No Emission Grant Program for buses and bus facilities. But FTA also acknowledges that the transition to low or no emission buses might be a … Continued

The Top Three Ways to Optimize Your Fire/EMS Training With Simulation

Published on February 19, 2024

The Top Three Ways to Optimize Your Fire/EMS Training With Simulation
What decisions will a first responder make behind the wheel when responding to a “baby not breathing” or “Mayday” call? It’s already a big ask, expecting anyone to make safe, split-second decisions when stakes and adrenaline are high. Factor in variables like weather, traffic, road conditions, and apparatus operation, and the job is even tougher. … Continued

Bus Operator Training for a Diverse Array of Fleet Vehicles

Published on July 12, 2023

Bus Operator Training for a Diverse Array of Fleet Vehicles
As we’ve discussed in the past, one key to the effectiveness of public transport simulation training is “presence“—i.e., the trainee’s convincing subjective experience of being in an actual vehicle. As Rob Raheb (an internationally published author and expert in simulation and driver training) has noted: “The more realistic the simulation is, the more ‘buy-in’ from … Continued

Train Derailment and Railroad Hazmat Emergency Response Training

Published on June 27, 2023

Train Derailment and Railroad Hazmat Emergency Response Training
Few derailments rise to the level of what happened in East Palestine, Ohio in February 2023. That said, train derailments themselves are quite common in the United States. According to the Federal Railroad Administration, the U.S. averages more than three derailments per day. There were a total of 1,164 derailments in 2022—which is actually an … Continued

Transit Response and Training for Unpredictable Passenger Interactions

Published on June 13, 2023

Transit Response and Training for Unpredictable Passenger Interactions
Staff retention problems continue to grow for almost every transit agency in the United States and Canada. According to the latest report from the American Public Transportation Association, more than 90% of all agencies surveyed faced transit operator shortages. And 84% of those agencies reported that staffing shortages were preventing them from providing full service. … Continued

Explore the Continuum of Training with FAAC at the 2023 FDIC International Conference

Published on April 4, 2023

Explore the Continuum of Training with FAAC at the 2023 FDIC International Conference
FAAC is looking forward to attending the Fire Department International Conference this year (April 27-29, 2023, Indiana Convention Center & Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN) and introducing new developments in high-fidelity simulation-based fire service training, especially for pump operations. FDIC International is North America’s Leading Firefighter Conference and the world’s largest fire service event. It … Continued

Electric Bus Simulators with Integrated Assessment Tools Improve Transit Workforce Development

Published on March 14, 2023

Electric Bus Simulators with Integrated Assessment Tools Improve Transit Workforce Development
The federal government is going all-in on a battery-powered future for mass transit—but transit agencies themselves aren’t so sure. Last year Vice President Harris announced a collection of new federal initiatives to cut carbon emissions from buses and trucks. These initiatives include “$1.1 billion in new funding to help cities and states purchase electric buses … Continued

Economic Benefits of Police Driving Situational Awareness Training

Published on February 10, 2023

Economic Benefits of Police Driving Situational Awareness Training
The post-pandemic period is making it increasingly clear that situational awareness training is more important than ever for law enforcement, especially behind the wheel. Traffic accidents have long been among the leading causes of on-duty law officer fatalities. During the pandemic, traffic deaths rose 7% nationwide—and jumped 44% for police officers. Every law enforcement agency … Continued

Safely Train to Fight Wildland Fires

Published on February 7, 2023

Safely Train to Fight Wildland Fires
Wildland fires are becoming more frequent and more severe. For example, the eight largest wildfires in California history all happened in the last five years. In that time, wildland fires burned 10+ million acres in the state, killed hundreds of Californians, and destroyed at least 32,000 homes. As a nation, we are desperately short of … Continued

Minimize the Risks of Training Firefighter for Hazmat Emergencies

Published on January 10, 2023

Minimize the Risks of Training Firefighter for Hazmat Emergencies
  In one week of August 2022 alone, three dangerous petrochemical fires raged all around North America and brought attention to the serious challenges facing first responders fighting hazmat accidents, spills, and crimes—not to mention the ordinary incidents arising from the prevalence of everyday hazardous materials in industry and our communities.  On August 6, a … Continued
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