TargetSolutions’ parent company, Vector Solutions, recently completed a Virtual Reality (VR) training video that teaches firefighters how to read smoke coming out of a burning building with a 360-degree view using the latest drone technology.
The training is shot in a two-story building using a Gear 360 camera to provide an immersive experience for firefighters. The final product will include a modernized course in which users interact with their computer or using a VR headset.
VR Training Benefits
Virtual reality has benefits for many types of training. Here are some of the key benefits of using VR training for firefighters.
- A Safe Training Environment
One of the key advantages of VR for fire training is that it creates simulated emergencies without putting trainees in any real danger. Firefighters can get a sense of being in a very realistic situation and test their abilities without incurring any risk.
- VR Training Can be Delivered Remotely
Traditionally, firefighter training had to be conducted in a specific location at a specific time. With VR and other computer-based training methods, however, this is no longer the case. As long as trainees have the appropriate equipment, they can undergo training from any location.
- A Highly Visual Form of Learning
People generally learn better in a visual environment as opposed to simply reading a book or listening to a lecture. VR training creates visually stimulating and realistic scenarios that can be more engaging than traditional learning methods.
- VR Brings Down the Cost of Training
Early models of VR systems tend to be costly. However, as the technology advances, it may become more affordable. In the case of firefighting, VR training like other online training products can reduce fuel costs and other expenses. It’s possible that in the future VR training will be available to firefighters in locations all around the world.
- VR Training Supports Better Retention
Since it’s so realistic, VR training is likely to stay in trainees’ minds and muscle memories for a long time. Whereas people are apt to forget something they heard, read or even watched on a screen, when they have a direct experience, it stays with them longer.