Combining virtual training with command support

Advanced 3D simulation is being integrated into incident management software to increase the realism and effectiveness of incident commander training for the emergency services.

May 14, 2014
By Paul Jacques
Assistant Chief Constable Ben Smith

Advanced 3D simulation is being integrated into incident management software to increase the realism and effectiveness of incident commander training for the emergency services.

It will allow the emergency services in the UK and overseas to train in a virtual incident environment with the same command support software used in live incidents.

The integrated solution is the result of a partnership between VectorCommand, the UK specialist in operational command support software for the emergency services, and VSTEP, which develops advanced emergency response training simulators.

VectorCommand’s command support system is the first interoperable, distributed C4I system (command, control, communications, computing and information system) for managing single and multi-agency emergency incidents.

It delivers a common operational picture across emergency services and agencies during major incidents to improve situational awareness, collaboration and response effectiveness.

The command support system is used by a number of fire and rescue services and other first response agencies internationally.

It is also being used in long-term trials by several HART (hazardous area response team) units and is at the core of a pan-European CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear) research and development project for use by agencies at incidents caused by terrorist attacks.

VSTEP’s RescueSim is a realistic 3D emergency response training simulator that allows first responders to train and experience incidents as they would in real-life. They assess the situation and determine the best response strategy, implement it and then observe the consequences of their decisions in the simulator.

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