Take the Danger Out of Firefighter Training with Virtual Reality

Fighting fires is one of the most dangerous professions on the planet. Literally every incident involves high risk, often life-threatening situations. These at-risk situations apply to firefighters operating in an urban environment, fighting structure fires as well as to wildland firefighters working in our country’s forests and rural surroundings.

As first responders, firefighters need to enter every situation with the confidence and experience not only to tackle the fire, but also to make split-second decisions that will save lives – sometimes including their own. This can only be achieved through rigorous training in real situations, with real fire, and real danger. Until now.

360immersive is one of the leading companies in the U.S. bringing virtual reality (VR) training to a variety of first responder fields. Fire department training budgets, especially in small, rural towns, are often very small, if they exist at all. With VR all that’s needed is a current mobile phone and one of the many varieties of inexpensive head-mounted displays now on the market.

Simply download an app to your phone, have your trainees put on the headset, and instantly immerse them into any number of dangerous fire situations, without a speck of danger. Trainees can actually see and hear everything ahead, behind, to the right, to the left, and every point of the compass in-between.

This increased level of situational connectivity results in a higher level of engagement and a proven increase in lesson retention. And many training modules come with the ability to give feedback and evaluate the user’s performance. Even better, firefighters can repeat the training as many times as they want, and come back to it later for refresher training, all at no additional cost.

To learn more about the advantages of virtual reality technology as a teaching tool, email us at info@360immersive.com or call us at (888) 843-9580.

  • Immersive Training is a pre-prep or a refresher for hands-on training.

  • Reduce variation in training processes which are cost drivers.

  • VR is a force multiplier that can reach an unlimited number of people compared to hands-on training.