West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service new UK customer to use RescueSim for incident response training
Date posted: 06-06-2012
Following the successful 2011 launch of RescueSim in the UK, the customer base in Britain for this virtual training platform is growing at a steady pace.
Following the successful 2011 launch of RescueSim (www.rescuesim.com) in the UK, the customer base for this virtual training platform is growing at a steady pace as an increasing number of Britain’s emergency and Fire and Rescue services recognise the advantages of this virtual training platform for improvement of their incident response effectiveness and training. Following the Cheshire FRS, Shropshire FRS, Sembcorp, GAIST and others, the West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is the latest UK customer to be using the RescueSim virtual training platform for its emergency response training.
After a thorough evaluation and testing period, the West Sussex FRS selected RescueSim because of its versatility and ease-of-use in providing realistic, cost effective and safe emergency response training, increasing the preparedness of any emergency response organization in a very affordable way. RescueSim is a new generation of virtual training tools for emergency responders and Fire and Rescues services that allows emergency crews to virtually train and experience any thinkable incident as they would in real-life. They assess the situation and determine the best response strategy, implement it and then observe the consequences of their decisions.
Steve Hayes, West Sussex Incident Command Training Center Watch Manager: "We are looking forward to working in partnership with VSTEP and to further develop RescueSim and enhance our incident command training facility, based in Crawley and create the South East Regional Centre of Excellence for Incident Command Training and Assessing. With this in mind West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service and VSTEP have committed to working closely together for the next 5 years."
The service is looking to explore the use of virtual reality training for other Fire & Rescue services along with other agencies throughout the Southeast region. The use of RescueSim is seen as a cost effective and exciting method of training and assessing Incident Commanders at all levels within all emergencies services.
Hans ten Bergen, RescueSim Business Development Manager: "We are very happy to have West Sussex as a RescueSim training Centre of Excellence for the Southeast. Their expertise and experience in training both their own staff, other agencies and jointly with other stakeholders in and outside West Sussex is impressive."
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