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.”

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