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VR Simulation Training vs. “Full-Panel” Firefighter Pump Operations Training

Pump operations training is a good example of one place where VR training is bridging this gap. Pump operators need to be able to respond quickly to their entire environment—not just what they expect to see on the panel. They need an immersive learning environment in which they can train for any contingency—staying situationally aware in a rapidly evolving large-scale disaster, flowing water in the bitter cold, diagnosing and responding to a sudden pressure loss—without risk to personal safety or equipment.

Until now, FAAC’s original full-panel Pump Ops Simulator (patented) was the only fire-fighting simulation system available that realistically emulated pump operations and internal dynamics for both water and foam-based fire suppression. With Full-Panel Pump Ops, trainees work at a full-sized pump panel constructed from genuine OEM dials, switches, and levers. Tactile, visual, and aural feedback systems integrated into the panel unit itself give operators a complete training experience, familiarizing them with all the elements of “normal pump operations” (including a full range of low-frequency/high-risk events) and every fault, error, or complication imaginable—safely, conveniently, and without taking vital apparatus out of service.

Full-Panel Pump Ops

Full-Panel Pump Ops is still the most detailed and accurate training tool available, allowing for unparalleled hands-on training. However, some fire departments need a more compact or portable tool. In these cases, VR training is an excellent alternative.

  • immersive training
  • full simulation scenarios
  • full modeling & simulation of fire pump (water or foam)
  • true hands-on experience
  • authentic pump-panel hardware
  • multi-user
  • “Continuum of Training” multi-simulator integration
  • haptic feedback
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VR Pump Ops

Pump Ops VR is a lightweight, low-overhead, cost-effective, portable alternative to full-panel simulators like Pump Ops. It offers a similar low-risk, high-reward pump operator training experience. But instead of being hands-on at the panel, it puts firefighters on the scene with a completely immersive VR experience. VR Pump Ops uses commercial-grade Valve Index virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display and controllers, and runs scenarios on the same XVR Simulation Platform used in FAAC’s immersive fire service driving and incident command simulators.

  • compact head-mounted VR immersion
  • immersive training
  • full simulation scenarios
  • full modeling & simulation of fire pump (water or foam)
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The Immersive Firefighting Continuum of Training

In order to meet the real-world necessity for comprehensive, multi-disciplinary, multiple-user emergency response training, FAAC has created the “Continuum of Training.” This solution networks multiple FAAC fire simulators, allowing for incremental “simple-to-complex” content-focused student learning.

Together, they form a complete “Continuum” of fire training simulation solutions, where the virtual environment trains firefighters in all aspects of scene management skills.

All of FAAC’s “full-range” simulators can integrate and communicate with each other through the Continuum of Training, creating consistency throughout any scenario. This integration includes FLAIM-based hose handling and fire suppression, vehicle driving of all vehicle types, interactive EMS emergency response, on-scene command and control, and Full-Panel Pump Ops. (At this time, FAAC’s VR sims, like VR Pump Ops, remain self-contained, standalone training tools. It does not integrate with the full family of FAAC fire training simulators.)

Scenario-based Simulation and VR Training Customer-for-life

We understand that every fire department is unique, but our goal is always the same: To balance your training objectives against your budget in delivering the most emotionally realistic, educationally effective solution possible. That’s why we invest time in understanding your needs upfront, then work closely with your team in developing and delivering the appropriate simulator or VR training solution.

We’ll help you find the best way to integrate this custom solution into your training processes and support you in maintaining and evolving this solution as your needs change over time.

We don’t sell equipment; we partner with educational institutions, fire agencies, and their staff and instructors to develop and create the ideal training solution for their organization.

Call us today to discuss your needs and allow us to put our expertise to work for you.

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Learn more about our Fire Pump Operator Simulator

Pump Ops is a simulation training device that provides a hands-on, immersive experience in the operation of an apparatus pump. This simulator exposes the trainee to various evolving situations that they can interact with in a safe classroom environment. Pump Ops provides training that cannot be duplicated safely using real apparatus. This saves wear and possible damage to firefighting apparatus.

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