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How to Use Simulator Training to Decrease COVID Risks

Published on March 29, 2021

How to Use Simulator Training to Decrease COVID Risks
  This is not our last pandemic. Even with viable vaccines beginning to reach people, COVID itself will be with us for a long time, as will similarly infectious diseases. Fortunately, simulator training technology helps transit agencies reduce a spectrum of risks—not just those that pop up behind the wheel. COVID hasn’t just complicated mass … Continued

Police Pursuit Driving, Officer Liability, and “State-Created Danger”

Published on March 15, 2021

Police Pursuit Driving, Officer Liability, and “State-Created Danger”
  Legal liability—in the form of a “Section 1983” lawsuit targeting law enforcement or an accusation of “state-created danger”—is a constant threat to any community government. It’s been established that immersive simulation-based training tools are a uniquely powerful tool for increasing public safety (by better preparing officers for whatever the street might throw at them). … Continued

Comprehensive Immersive Simulation and “Stress Inoculation”

Published on March 1, 2021

Comprehensive Immersive Simulation and “Stress Inoculation”
  Given the realities of 21st Century law enforcement, “stress inoculation” is an increasingly important element of any training program. But in order to train officers to take control of their emotions in critical moments, we first need to step back and understand how the process of arriving at the scene almost invariably creates enormous … Continued

Using Bus Simulators in Collision Mitigation: A Three-Step Process

Published on February 16, 2021

Using Bus Simulators in Collision Mitigation: A Three-Step Process
  Your bus simulator is an ideal tool for addressing a bus-on-bus, fixed-object, or pedestrian-contact collision/near miss. But some agencies find themselves having trouble “getting traction” with their corrective action. Often, this comes down to having an inefficient or inconsistent strategy for addressing the root causes of those collisions and near misses. By adopting a … Continued

Driver Simulation Training: How to Teach Good Judgment

Published on February 1, 2021

Driver Simulation Training: How to Teach Good Judgment
There is a saying among medical doctors: “Gaining experience is not equivalent to becoming an expert.” Expertise and good judgment arise from the combination of acquiring clinical experience and then looking back and analyzing what happened, “reflect[ing] on the role of thought processes, psychomotor skills, and emotional states to improve or maintain future performance.”[source] This … Continued

Bus Training Simulators: A Change in Transit Culture

Published on January 13, 2021

  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 by clicking here. Or contact us directly In this video, Clayne Woodbury (North … Continued

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

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