Hazmat Simulations No Longer Have To Be Costly Due To Virtual Reality Training

A train derails near a river in a densely populated area. Leaking hazardous material threatens both lives and the environment. If the situation is not contained immediately, thousands of people could be sickened or die, and the environmental damage could be catastrophic. Taking control of situations like these requires a unique expertise and, most of all, intensive training, on the part of those in charge.

Because of the danger involved, hazardous material training has traditionally been limited to tabletop or sandbox exercises, online courses, or live instructors talking through an endless line of power point slides. Live simulations, such as parking a tanker truck on the side of a road and creating a “pretend” hazmat accident, are simply not realistic to re-create for trainees or the potential accident victims that may be involved. But that’s all changing rapidly.

With virtual reality (VR) training, firefighters, EMTs, police and other first responders can now experience the next best thing. VR can immerse them in a dangerous situation that looks and feels like the real thing. Trainees can be on the scene to experience a tanker truck on its side, spilling unknown hazardous liquids. They can enter an industrial area to find a leaking pipe fitting releasing life-threatening chemicals, or a convenience store where a propane tank is leaking into the building vents.

Emergency response teams are able to practice and obtain a new perspective from these types of immersive experiences, without actually being exposed to the dangers that accompany real life circumstances.  This benefit allows personnel to gain exposure, increase their confidence, and develop their critical thinking skills in a more realistic environment.

The good news is that costs for VR technology have dropped dramatically in the last few years. These days, all that’s required to give trainees this completely connected experience is an inexpensive headset and an app downloaded to a current mobile device.

360immersive is one of a handful of companies in the U.S. creating training apps for hazmat teams, as well as a number of other first responder areas. Not only is the knowledge base for trainees greatly increased, studies have proven that lesson retention rates are much higher compared to traditional training methods. And best of all, trainees can re-visit all or part of the courses any time they want, 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.

  • Replace tabletop and sandbox training aids.

  • Replicate training scenarios without fear of making mistakes.

  • Train for high risk scenarios in a safe environment.