Fire Training via Computer

Issue 8 and Volume 137.

Fire Training via Computer Why do trainee pilots use a flight simulator? The obvious answer is that it avoids disastrous mistakes that would be expensive in terms of loss of life and property. The same reasons can be given for using a fire simulator; the only difference being that while it is rather obvious when a pilot errs, fire brigade mistakes are often destroyed by the fire. It is necessary to train a person to take command of a fire; yet command and control training is often neglected or given a low priority. In the majority of fires, it’s the officer in charge of an incident who is responsible for the success of the firefighting operation. If this officer makes the wrong decision, commits his resources in the wrong area, or makes an error of judgment in relation to the amount of equipment required, it will be very difficult for…

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