Firefighting skills training

Practice-based skills training is fundamental to preparing firefighters for real fires. Hot fire live simulation has previously been the only realistic and available method to train, although associated with high cost, environmental impact and also the risk of injury and particle exposure.  Today VR technology is developing fast and it provides new opportunities to supplement traditional training.  XREffect Foundation aims to investigate the user experiences and organizational added values of utilizing VR for skills training. 

Training equipment

The equipment that we are currently using for projects concerning this research topic is the FLAIM Trainer. This is a perfect solution where they deliver the perfect suits and hardware to simulate a real fire.

The kit comes with a fire-hose, retractable fire-hose reel, oxygen tank, oxygen mask, heat suit and nozzle. This creates an immersive and realistic experience for the recruits that are trained.  

The software that comes with the training equipment allow the recruits to choose from a whole selection of scenarios. These scenarios vary from the airport to a navy ship and many more.  

Papers

Experiencing Immersive VR Simulation for Firefighter Skills Training 

The Western Norway University of Applied Sciences have done research on the experience of immersive VR extinguishing compared to previous Hot-Fire Live-Simulation (HF-LS).

Images of training sessions