Immersive training at the UK Fire Service College

Published:  16 September, 2014

Bluehawk technology places students at the heart of an incident - SEE IT IN ACTION AT THE EMERGENCY SERVICES SHOW.

All simulation scenarios delivered through the College’s Bluehawk technology are mapped to the appropriate National Occupational Standards and integrated into the assessment and reporting tools, meaning delegates can take away a video, as well as instant feedback on their assessment.

This regulated learning approach also provides a professional competency, not only among fire and rescue services, but also across all emergency services.  According to the College, being able to provide a solution that provides the right level of qualification, to the right standard, makes the future of interoperability and collaborative working extremely achievable. ‘With one-to-one coaching, professional discussions and constant monitoring and feedback of their performance, delegates are in safe and experienced hands.’

Gaming tech

Movement-tracking head-set technology allows delegates to look around and assess an incident scene, while directional movements within the scenario are controlled using a handheld gamepad.

Students are judged on how they position themselves to rectify the situation as it unfolds and the actions that they would take. These instructions are communicated to a trained facilitator who is on hand to assess their response skills - from decision-making and communication to risk analysis. ‘The training and the theoretical elements are powerful, but the College’s Bluehawk technology brings emergency scenarios to life and allows them to practise in a real-world environment.’

Training footage and audio is also recorded, enabling the College’s experts to benchmark performances, challenge decisions and feedback to students.

JUST IN: Fire Service College at the Emergency Services Show, 24-25 September NEC, Birmingham

The Fire Service College will reveal its brand new environmentally friendly carbonaceous training unit at this year’s Emergency Services Show. Designed to provide firefighters with an authentic ‘black smoke’ experience within a safe learning environment, the mobile training can now be delivered in any location such as a fire and rescue service’s drill yard.  The Mobile Carbonaceous Training Unit (MCTU) is located in the outdoor demonstration area and will be in action throughout the two days of the show.

Visitors to the Fire Service College’s stand, located on Stand L60, will also be able to road-test a range of learning and development tools, from its e-learning modules through to its immersive, virtual training scenarios powered by Bluehawk technology. 

Jez Smith, managing director, Fire Service College, said: “Our national centre at Moreton-in-Marsh is one of the premier fire training venues in the world. However, we recognise that some firefighter training needs to take place as close as possible to their home station. This helps to cut costs, minimise firefighter downtime and make sure that on-call firefighter training and assessment is kept up-to-date. We will be showcasing how a year of investment has allowed us to take all of the national expertise of the Fire Service College, but deliver the training flexibly.”

  • Operation Florian

Sign up: eMagazine & eNewsletter

The latest issues in your inbox.

Company Profiles

HazSim - Bringing situational HazMat training to life

HazSim, LLC provides innovative simulation training to ensure your team works safely and effectively. HazSim Pro simulation equipment is in use by hundreds of fire departments, training schools, industrial fire teams, and private trainers across the US, Canada and further afield as well as the US Army.

Revolutionizing fire fighting foam technology

The one-stop resource for fire fighting foam concentrates and custom-designed foam suppression systems hardware.

Advancing rescue technology

The specialist supplier of quality PPE and Rescue Equipment to Emergency Services.

The ultimate in innovation, quality and service

For 60 years Lehavot has been delivering the world’s most advanced fire detection and suppression automatic systems

Trust the best, let us be your foam solution

AUXQUIMIA is a Spanish company whose main activity is the design, manufacture and commercialization of firefighting foam concentrates.

Williams Fire & Hazard Control offers a full line of specialized fire response equipment for oil and gas platforms

From storage tanks and pipeline emergencies to offshore platforms and vessels at sea, Williams' response personnel and specialized equipment quickly address adverse fire emergencies.

Foam fights fire

Europe’s foremost fire fighting foam manufacturer has been developing and producing foams since the 1920s.

The leader in truck-mounted hydraulic platforms

Our mission is to provide the best and the safest solution to professionals that work at height.

The independent alternative

Dafo Fomtec AB is a privately owned company with head office in Stockholm Sweden and manufacturing in Helsingborg in the south of Sweden.

If you want quality, you want Zico

Since its inception Ziamatic Corp has provided the men and women of the fire service with products designed to make their jobs safer and easier.

Calendar