Hazardous Cargo Successful Virtual Reality Training for Accidents with Hazardous Cargo

Editor: Dominik Stephan

A virtual reality training prepares local firefighters for accidents with chemicals or other hazardous cargo. For one year, TUIS has been offering this new way of online traning. Now the organizers draw a positive conclusion...

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Online training for firefighters: After a first year of service, the VCI draws a positiv interim balance for the TUIS VR.
Online training for firefighters: After a first year of service, the VCI draws a positiv interim balance for the TUIS VR.
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Antwerp/Belgium – 10.000 trainings for around 7.000 visitors per quarter year is the positive outcome of the first year of TUIS' virtual reality training for firefighters and emergency response units. The majority of these users are local volunteer firefighters that use the simulation to prepare for road accidents with chemical cargo, Hans Daniel, head of the VCI workgroup for TUIS stated.

First introduced as a test project in 2011, the TUIS VR offers a free training opportunity with 5 training scenarios including road, freeway or railroad transports. The free software can be run in the internet browser and offers extensive additional information.

Only recently, a TUIS online database for the handling of hazardous goods in case of accidents was introduced to provide additional information for local rescue teams. The database allows to contact the nearest professionally trained private company fire brigade in Germany or Austria, but also download the Cefic Emergency Response Intervention Cards (ERICards or ERIC's), which provide guidance on initial actions for chemical transport accidents (ERICards are available in 16 languages, including five East Asian Languages). More under Online Help for Firefighters for Chemical Accidents.

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