Emergency Response Training with Virtual Reality

BY KAYLA NOBREGA

 

Virtual Reality training for emergency response units applies similarly to Virtual Reality training for HSE inspections.

  • Environment

A trainee can be immersed in any kind of environment, and face any kind of emergency situation through Virtual Reality. VR provides a risk-free way to experience and explore different scenarios to give the trainee experience they need without putting their lives in danger.

  • Equipment Training

Training content can be broken up into different categories. Scenario training, where users are immersed into different situations. Equipment training where they get to explore the different equipment that they are required to use. In VR, notes can be added to show instructions and trainees can experiment with the equipment to learn about it. Because this is digital resources are not wasted and a trainee can spend as much time with each piece of equipment as they need.

  • People Skills

Through the VR experience, conversations with people can be simulated as well. This can be used to teach trainees about how to deal with the people at the scene of the emergency situation. They can learn how to deal with panic, crying, anger and frustration, as well as fear. People skills are essential to responding to emergency situations and can be developed through Virtual Reality Training.

  • Monitoring

Virtual Reality Training software also enables supervisors to monitor their trainee’s progress. This helps give an indication of areas where they excel, and areas that require improvement. This assists both the company and trainee to direct the training more effectively.

 

Virtual Reality Skills Training for Health and Safety Executives

BY KAYLA NOBREGA

 

One of the benefits of Virtual Reality is that a user can be immersed in any kind of environment, and experience a number of different circumstances as if they were actually happening. This is why Virtual Reality is the perfect training to tool for Health and Safety inspections.

Virtual Reality Training is risk-free, but because of how realistically it influences a user’s senses it gives life-like experience. This means that Health and Safety Executives can learn how to manage dangerous situations without their lives being put in danger to gain the experience they need.

For example, a fire can be simulated through a Virtual Reality experience and without the risk of getting burned or inhaling smoke, the trainee can experiment with the different tools required to put out the fire. Other dangers to consider such as electrical cables being present, or needed to evacuate people can also be simulated to ensure the trainee is fully equipped for real life situations.

 

HSE Training is broad and needs to cover a few areas. The type of training covered is dependent on the industry as well as the country in which the company is operating – due to different laws in place for Health and Safety requirements.

Below is an example of the kind of Virtual Reality training that can be done for the mining industry. You will note that the training is customized to the industry and the company.