Cutting-edge incident command training for high-risk industry

Published:  08 September, 2014

September marks the official industry launch of a new Incident Command and Crisis Management Training facility in the northeast of England that is open to industrial operators throughout the UK, Europe and Middle East. 

CFB Risk Management a leading provider of Integrated Emergency Management services in the UK, has invested more than £100,000 ($150,000) in cutting-edge crisis management facilities within its learning and development centre based in Teesside.

The training facility is designed to test, exercise and improve competence in operational, tactical and strategic incident command. It is the result of an exclusive partnership with VectorCommand, a company that is well known for its Tactical Command Trainer artificial intelligence-driven simulator system (used the world over by fire and rescue services to train predominantly Level 1 and 2 incident commanders) and its operational solution, the Command Support System.

CFB Risk Management is introducing what it calls the world’s first integrated Training & Exercise System (TES). TES is an automated exercise delivery system stimulating all means of communication to provide effective, repeatable and affordable delivery and evaluation of realistic and robust exercises and crisis simulations.

A high demand to see the new system in place has meant that the launch has been spread over three days in September. ‘As part of the launch, we are giving representatives of key industrial operators a chance to attend a free crisis management introductory session,’ explained CFB Risk Management Technical Sales Director Gary Cawley.

To ensure the maximum return on its investment, the centre will also be used for major incident and multi-agency exercises and can even be used to support live incidents.

The facility includes ‘mock fully equipped Sector command rooms, incident command unit, press/media briefing area, as well as a Emergency Control Centre (Silver) and Strategic Coordination Centre (Gold)

The mock incident command unit (with five operator positions) exactly replicates the live unit, delivering a completely realistic training experience not only for incident commanders but also for command support staff.

Operating alongside the existing artificial intelligence-driven 3D simulator will be the ability to embed in-house CGI videos of local site-specific risks. The new 3D engine enables the facilitator to change both the location and the size of the fire, with the resultant effects shown in the building degradation.

Continuously looped videos and simulated 3D graphics can be shown on multiple screens to simulate the sectorisation of an incident. These can be used to stimulate the student to demonstrate his knowledge and understanding for assessment purposes. Adding in-house pictures and videos (including those built on other graphic engines) that include effects like smoke, fire and building collapse will further increase the realism and user experience.

The mobilising emulator element takes information from the scenario and feeds this into the Command Support System, which means that it is now possible to train senior commanders and command support staff at the same time in a mock ICU that is as close to possible to operational reality.

‘We are pleased to be able to provide such advanced facilities as we continue to expand and improve our portfolio of services in the high hazard markets. Our investment reflects our capacity to supply innovative and high quality services designed to meet the increasingly challenging logistical and workforce training requirements in the high hazard sectors in the UK and further afield,’ concluded Gary Cawley.

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