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Integrated Fire Truck Simulators Increase Effectiveness and Safety

Published on March 2, 2020

Integrated Fire Truck Simulators Increase Effectiveness and Safety
  Mistakes happen. This is especially the case when it comes to a high-stakes, high-stress situation—one where every second counts—like responding to a fire or other critical incident. “At just about every fire or training event you look at, you’ll see mistakes take place,” notes Phil Duczyminski, a fire department training officer for the City … Continued

The Right Way to Integrate Emotional Control into Simulation Training

Published on February 24, 2020

The Right Way to Integrate Emotional Control into Simulation Training
  Simulation training is increasingly celebrated as a tool for helping people improve their emotional control. There are plenty of examples of this in the field, ranging from VR therapy for soldiers with PTSD, to immersive simulations helping children with autism develop social and emotional awareness. There’s even growing interest in using immersive simulation-based role-playing … Continued

Fire Simulation Training: “Train ‘Til They Can’t Get it Wrong”

Published on February 17, 2020

Fire Simulation Training: “Train ‘Til They Can’t Get it Wrong”
  It’s winter. The roads are icy, but nothing too terrible. Old holiday lights left plugged in overnight have failed, causing a house fire. You arrive at the scene, deploy the hoses, activate the pump—and no water flows. There’s air in the pump. A really small mistake—a single missed step. “But a lot of times,” … Continued

Simulation Training Progressions: Tactical/Practical Fire and Rescue Training

Published on January 20, 2020

Simulation Training Progressions: Tactical/Practical Fire and Rescue Training
  It’s well established that there’s a nationwide shortage of both professional and volunteer firefighters. As one Connecticut fire chief recently noted, “age is also a concern. [Our] average volunteer now is about 50 years old.” Communities across the country need to increase the size of their firefighting forces, decrease the age, and train everyone … Continued

Pump operations simulator benefits Hill Air Force Base firefighters

Published on December 20, 2019

Pump operations simulator benefits Hill Air Force Base firefighters
  HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah — Earlier this year, Fire and Emergency Services at Hill Air Force Base received three new fire trucks to enhance the department’s ability to respond to fires and other emergencies. Now, the addition of a new, high-tech pump operations simulator will serve to improve the training base firefighters receive by … Continued

Better Fire Fighter Training, Reduced Risk of Injury

Published on August 30, 2019

Better Fire Fighter Training, Reduced Risk of Injury
  Fighting fires is obviously dangerous, but the public often overlooks how dangerous it can be. From the past year: “member suffered a seizure during training, resulting in a very serious fall” “nearly fatal electrical shock during a training exercise” “firefighter trainee killed while participating in a live-fire exercise when he and two other firefighters … Continued

Fire Pump Training Effectiveness Increased through Simulation

Published on August 20, 2019

Fire Pump Training Effectiveness Increased through Simulation
  According to Phil Duczyminski, a training officer for the City of Novi (Michigan) Fire Department, there are many factors working against the most effective possible fire pump training. First and foremost, there are huge disincentives to tying up equipment doing something other than fighting a fire. Duczyminski ticks these off: “Taking a truck out … Continued

Gregg County workers take crash course in better driving with FAAC simulator

Published on August 9, 2019

Gregg County workers take crash course in better driving with FAAC simulator
A consultant with the Texas Association of Counties instructed about 20 drivers over a two-day period at the Pct. 4 Barn in Kilgore. Pct. 4 Commissioner Shannon Brown invited the TAC after learning about the service, which has shown to practically eliminate driving incidents within the first six months of training, driving simulator consultant Don … Continued

Fire Truck Driving Simulators Widen the Safe Margin of Error

Published on July 30, 2019

This is an absolutely heart-breaking account of a needless, life-changing on-site injury:   “For nearly a decade, Dane Smothers Jr. fixated on becoming a D.C. firefighter.    And he stuck with it, despite hurdles.    …   He wore that uniform only once. Mere months into the firefighting job, his dream career nearly killed him. … Continued

Fire Fighter Training Simulators for Millennials

Published on June 10, 2019

As in other essential fields, we’re running low on firefighters.  Erik Johnson of the Guadalupe County (Texas) Firefighters Association recently told KSAT News, “Across the board, we are seeing a shortage nationally of volunteer firefighters.” Roughly 70% of fire departments nationwide are volunteer-based, and part of the pipeline that feeds career fire departments as well. … Continued