DoD Emergency, Fire, ARFF, Hazmat Continuum of Training
In the absence of comprehensive fire training simulators, it is simply impossible to be properly prepared. In order to meet the real-world necessity for comprehensive, multi-disciplinary, multiple participant training, FAAC has created the “Continuum of Training”—a solution that networks multiple simulators and other software and hardware tools, allowing for incremental “simple-to-complex” content-focused student learning.
All of FAAC’s emergency scenario simulators can integrate and communicate with each other, creating consistency throughout the scenario. This includes pump operations simulators, hose handling and fire suppression, vehicle driving of all vehicle types (e.g., fire apparatus, ambulance, law enforcement vehicles, etc.), interactive EMS emergency response, and on-scene command and control. Together, they form a complete “Continuum-of-Training”, where the virtual environment trains firefighters in all aspects of scene management skills without the added dangers that a real scene could subject them to.
You get real hands-on training for the entire team without taking any apparatus out of service, risking anyone’s safety, or opening a single bucket of foam concentrate.
Continuum of Training Disciplines
Be part of the solution by arriving at the scene safely. Driver training simulators hone the individual skills needed for the successful, safe operation of vehicles by First Responders. Training in this phase isolates individual skills within single events, coupled with proper judgment and decision-making, repetition, and recurrence to establish a “conditioned reaction” for fundamental skills.
InCommand prepares the commander for decision-making and on scene management. This phase will also prepare those in other roles for a full-scale incident. The simulation allows emergency crews to experience the event as they would in real life, including having to make decisions in the absence of complete information and adjusting to rapidly changing conditions and complications. They assess the situation and determine the best response strategy, implement it, and then observe the consequences of their decisions.
Pump Ops trains firefighters on the safe operation of a pump engine. A “sequential system” or “sequential approach” to multifaceted tasks is required for safe operation. Training in this phase involves an understanding of the “real” situation, such as hose configuration, managing water sources, water flow, friction coefficients, foam concentration, and radio communication.
FLAIM Trainer prepares the student for fighting fires on the front line in a safe, controlled environment with an immersive virtual reality simulation, combined with a haptic feedback system, breathing apparatus, and heated personal protective clothing. The student’s ability to apply technique and accuracy are tested during this phase.
Rescue is a primary objective at critical scenes. Response engages the student and develops their competencies through practice while preparing the student to have a controlled response to a crisis or medical situation. The simulator uses interactive video to take a student through the scenario. Their actions trigger outcomes along many differing possible branching narratives.