Simulation-Based Training for Successful Operations

By ROBERT G. BURTON When responding to an unconscious subject with questionable breathing or at a possible warehouse fire, how will you and your department members perform when arriving on scene? Too many times, you train on skills and mentor your fellow firefighters and officers the way you were trained. But, ultimately, you cannot predict how someone will perform when placed in critical situations outside of past experiences. Simulation-based training, although not exclusively new, is a better way to predict those outcomes using a newer method of applied training; it will be the virtual reality of future development and training of the 21st century fire and emergency medical services (E...

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