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Emergency Virtual Reality Training

Technology: Virtual Reality Client: EVRT Keywords: interactive, simulation, Unity 3D, virtual reality

Challenge

It has always been a challenge to train emergency personnel in the case of large emergency situations This is primarily due to conventional training being costly and structural difficult to conduct. It requires significant resources both in terms of materials and personnel, thus making it complicated to offer adequate training to emergency personnel, such as paramedics, police, ambulance drivers and fire departments in case of emergencies such as acts of terrorism.

The lack of comprehensive training means that emergency personnel are missing hands-on experience, and thus faces significant challenges at the scene of emergency. Hence, it is crucial to prepare for challenges related to radio communication and ensure a safe and coordinated performance. This is especially is important when people encounter high pressure and stress as the adrenalin rises.

Furthermore, increasing stress levels lead to a decrease in decision-making capabilities. This is because people generally have difficulties with making rational decisions and maintain control when being under high pressure.

The structural and cost related challenges in terms of conventional training related to large emergency situations, further complicate the element of repetition and crucial live feedback on individual levels, which is necessary in order to ensure that everyone is ready to perform a life-saving  performance.

EVRT

About EVRT

EVRT is a virtual reality setup that enables training of emergency personnel in case of large emergency situations or accidents.

EVRT enables training and optimization of decision-making abilities, communication and triage.

In EVRT, the participant enters a virtual reality environment and can train specific situations repeatedly. The participant will receive ongoing live feedback and be evaluated in various situations and decisions which is made.

Solution

EVRT is a setup for training of emergency situations in a virtual reality environment which takes departure in the scenario of a school shooting. VR training provides the highest degree of interaction as the user’s physical movements and communication is a key element in the virtual world. The user is accompanied through the scene by police, where the user will treat 25+ casualties in need of life saving triage and treatment. EVRT makes it possible to train mental readiness, communication, triage, and the decision-making abilities through a learning-by-doing process. This is scientifically regarded as the most efficient way of learning. Furthermore, all equipment reflects the equipment used in real life, as well as radio communication is practiced live via 3D SINE devices, which is standard nation-wide equipment, and is operated completely like in the real world.

The utilization of virtual reality technology in training enables a realistic training method in both tactical interventions as well as triage and treatment of casualties, which ensures that emergency personnel is well prepared in case of large emergency situations. Moreover, EVRT decreases both the structural and monetary challenges related to training, as well as offering live feedback for participants. Thus, it is possible to significantly increase both the number of people who receives training as well as the quality of training, for a much lower price.

EVRT provides a foundation with a potential for adaptive opportunities for additional scenarios, which can be tailored and specified in relation to training of certain events and emergency situations. Additionally, there is a future potential for adding multi-user capabilities, which enable multi-user in-game training and communication between emergency personnel, such as paramedics and police, across geographical distances in order to standardize a high-level nationwide program.

VR in-game

Cognitive advantages

  • Experience based learning
  • The participant can fail and learn without consequences
  • Optimize communication, the decision-making ability and triage.
  • Motivation (fun learning)

Structural value

  • Standardize training
  • Digitalize data
  • Opportunity to pause, rewind, and provide live feedback and evaluate performance and scenarios
  • With current training methods, 4-5 people are trained per year – EVRT enables the training of 8 people (per simulator) per day, within regular working hours
  • Cost –and learning efficient training

A life-saving tool

The solution can be integrated as an extended tool for existing training of emergency personnel as it enables the standardization of exercises. For now this has been reserved for 4-5 people per year. With EVRT 8 people (per simulator) can be trained each day during regular working hours.

With EVRT each participant can train repeatedly and fail without consequences, which optimizes the readiness, decision-making capabilities and communicative skills in high-pressure situations.

In addition to standardizing training, EVRT digitalizes the performances of the emergency personnel individually, in order to identify potential needs for further training.

VR in use