A fire outbreak is a common incident, particularly in the workplace. The NFPA found that office properties in the US face an average of 3,340 fires each year, leading to multiple injuries and tremendous property damage.
Laws have been established to ensure the capacity of every individual to fight fires. However, this type of training continues to be a challenge for many organizations.
It’s difficult, costly, and relatively impossible to replicate life-threatening situations for training using traditional methods alone. Complex and steep requirements are essential to implement an effective fire training program.
These challenges are driving the adoption of virtual reality as a training tool due to its capability to simulate any scenario.
Listed below are reasons why many companies and fire safety leaders have started exploring VR for firefighting.
Deliver safe firefighting experiences.
In a fire training program, trainees can be exposed to toxic pollutants that can cause oxygen depletion, heat stress, and injuries. They can also feel tense while performing the task when an actual fire or hazardous elements are in place.
Because of these harmful effects, organizations often resort to theoretical methods and mechanisms that limit or exclude practical training.
Virtual training solutions such as VR Fire Trainer can simulate surroundings, extinguishing agents, fire types, and smoke to create realistic virtual training. This capability lets you ‘fail safe’ in dangerous scenarios.
Train employees with a real fire extinguisher.
Integrated with an actual fire extinguisher, VR Fire Trainer lets trainees fight fires in 3D environments with greater immersion and interactivity.
Our developers have placed sensors and trackers in the physical device so that virtual scenarios can dynamically adapt to user interactions in real-time. Similar to a live fire training program, you have to pull out the pin, aim the nozzle, and press the handle to extinguish fires with the correct agent.
This solution also lets you share the user’s view inside the VR headset using other devices, such as a TV, laptop, or tablet. It allows you to monitor the trainee’s performance or share the training experience with other employees.
Eliminate costs associated with live training – travel, specialized equipment, and more.
A fire safety training program includes operational and logistical costs. There are also expenses to comply with laws governing an area and liability costs for training mishaps.
A VR-based training program only requires a one-time development fee, maintenance costs, and a few minutes to set up.
Studies have shown that virtual reality enables major cost savings in the long term. According to the ‘Comparative Cost of Virtual Reality Training and Live Exercises for Training Hospital Workers for Evacuation’ study, A VR-based training program was able to achieve a 50% cost reduction in its third year of the training program.
Fight fires without environmental damage or regulatory constraints.
Extinguishing a fire causes smoke, wastewater, foam discharge, exhaust, and other dangerous materials that can harm the environment.
In some urban areas, there are policies that aim to prevent pollution from a fire safety training program. Some of the requirements include:
- Management and containment of fire wastewater
- Storage and disposal of large quantities of harmful substances
- Equipment compliance with ozone-depleting substance and fluorinated gas regulations
In the virtual world, these effects and processes are non-existent. Virtual reality offers a sustainable alternative that can deliver a more accurate and hands-on fire safety training experience, without any impact on the environment.
Practice as much as you need, anytime.
According to the ‘Forgetting Curve’ formula by Herman Ebbinghaus, approximately 70% of memory from training is lost within the first 24 hours if there is no attempt to retain it. Thus, repeated training is essential to keep the capacity of an individual to fight fires and save lives.
VR lets you train regardless of the time, location, and weather. With just a few clicks, VR Fire Trainer gives users unlimited attempts to learn and master firefighting skills.
Without real-world boundaries, virtual reality is set to redefine fire safety education. Get in touch with us and learn how your organization’s training programs can benefit from VR.