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From 2008-2019, 110 firefighters lost their lives due to training injuries. While many of these may be attributed to personal health issues, the majority comprise a senseless loss of life.
If you are a training officer looking for a practical, safe alternative to dangerous live fire scenarios, take a look at virtual reality (VR) training.
The leading cause of firefighter death during training is stress/overexertion (70%). The remainder of deaths are attributed to falls, vehicle collision, self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) failure or environmental exposure.
VR technology is raising the bar in firefighter training while helping save lives and conserve valuable resources. The use of VR technology allows training for incidents that cannot easily be replicated or may be very costly to recreate, not to mention eliminating the hazards involved in “live training.”
VR can be used for individual and group learning using 360 media (2D and 3D) and creating 3D VR objects and environments. It can also be used for virtual meeting spaces.
VR training: National Fire Academy burn cell view with room temperature scale.
Of course, VR does not alleviate safe practices. Always maintain:
Train like it is real; train as if your life depends on getting it right.