Volunteer firefighters in the state of Victoria, Australia will soon have access to virtual reality (VR) training that will be available throughout the state.
The VR training program developed by Flaim Systems and Deakin University, has designed to simulate dangerous fire scenarios such as house and plane fires. It uses a combination of real firefighting equipment, such as breathing apparatus and hose cylinders, as well as automated sensing devices, such as heat guns, to mimic visual and sensory emotions in a real fire.
The training program consists of two components - the Flaim Trainer and the Flaim Extinguisher - which will be released to train more than 30.000 volunteer firefighters during the year.
Victoria's Minister of Emergency Services Lisa Neville He said the training program would help teach firefighters the skills they need, while minimizing the costs associated with real-life training scenarios.
"It will give our volunteer firefighters the opportunity to expand their skills without being in risk, and will allow the CFA to extend its practical training to includes more complex scenarios, such as airplane fires, without the cost of running this scenario in real life", he said.
"We ensure that emergency services have the tools and resources they need to keep the community safe - this includes a significant investment in the training skills of first-line volunteers."
The development of the VR training program is funded through a $ 60 million investment that began after the major fires that hit the state of Victoria in 2017.