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May 20, 2015

How Technology Shapes Emergency Response Training

Criminology and emergency response management training has advanced in recent years thanks to technology. With new technologies utilized in training programs, graduates move on from education to the workforce with the skills they need to have the upper hand, protect the people they serve and stay safer. Simulators play a key role in today's advanced training.

Crime Scene Investigation Simulation

Imagine reading about how to approach a crime scene and only practicing a few times with other students and an instructor. Arriving on the first crime scene after training to perform what was learned in classes would be intimidating. When people feel intimidated and panic, they are likely to make mistakes. A crime scene is the last place to make a mistake because evidence and details are all very crucial.

With modern technology, students learn how to deal with crime scenes using simulators. They have a panoramic view of the scene with complete details, suspects and other vital information. This provides an easier way to practice identifying important bits of information alone. By using a simulator, instructors can show students when they miss important details or provide guidance for areas where they need to improve.

Helicopter Simulation

People who wind up working in larger cities will especially benefit from this training. Some schools offer helicopter simulators to show students how to fly a helicopter. The training program for a helicopter pilot's license also includes this type of training to some extent. However, the training includes scenarios of various risks emergency responders and police officers face when approaching dangerous situations. These are topics that are not covered in typical helicopter simulation courses. For example, a typical course would be ideal for someone who wants to fly a sightseeing helicopter but not for a future police officer who may be flying over a building where there are armed gunmen, hostages and a SWAT standoff. Instructors can guide students as they navigate virtual simulations of dangerous situations.

Firearm Simulation

Every responder or police officer will need to know how to exercise good judgment when deciding who is a threat and who is not. This type of training involves the learner being placed in a panoramic room where there are realistic simulations of varying situations. People may approach the learner from the front or either side. The student has a realistic firearm and must decide when to shoot at people approaching. This is a good way to help students develop their own way to quickly and accurately decide who is a threat. Experts in the field of law enforcement say this training will save the lives of many officers and innocent people.

Disaster Response Simulation

Terrorist attacks, earthquakes, hurricanes and other disasters can be simulated to a point. Simulated response scenes for various disasters give students the opportunity to practice their skills and to better understand what to do in the event of a real-life disaster.

Finding A School With Good Technology

The most essential type of training to have is firearm simulation training. This is what law enforcement responders face the most in day-to-day operations. Since this is an essential and life-saving type of training, it is important to choose a school offering this technology. The Institute of Technology provides California students with one of the best simulators in the country. The IVR-300 Firearm Simulator puts them in a wide variety of panoramic response scenes with a realistic firearm to use. Visit IOT's CREM training page to learn more.

Sources:
http://www.emergencymgmt.com/training/Technology-Increasing-Role-Emergency-Management.html
http://www.policemag.com/channel/technology/articles/2009/04/virtual-reality-training.aspx
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