Rugged Tablets for Firefighters Increase Safety In Closely Populated Neighborhoods

Five Ways Rugged Tablets Benefit Fire & Rescue CrewsIn areas where real estate is prime, lots are smaller and houses closer together. A fire starting in one house can quickly spread, and modern building materials can increase the hazards faced by firefighters and emergency personnel.

The increased speed with which fire spreads throughout newer buildings constructed with composite materials is extremely dangerous, especially when coupled with the fact that the materials will burn and give off vapors that are increasingly hazardous and even lethal. Specialized fire training can help prevent first responder casualties and aid in fighting fires effectively, keeping flames from spreading and contributing to neighborhood safety.

Rugged tablets are now being used to implement new, 3D fire training programs, to improve operational and training practices. Powerful graphics processors deliver a seamless 3D experience, in which firefighters can fight virtual fires in a 3D environment through a realistic simulation. This provides a real-world experience for firefighters who have not yet worked in newer neighborhoods where crowding and extremely toxic vapors cause extra hazards to first responders and residents alike.

3D fire training includes: 

  • Situational awareness, with the ability to virtually view a building from the exterior and interior.
  • Risk assessment, with dynamic weighing of risks and benefits and assistance in identifying the best possible routes to take advantage of to get through the building and save trapped residents.
  • Hazardous materials management and informational training, to help decrease toxic fumes from burning composite materials and safely vent the building to decrease dangerous smoke exposure.

Images, PDFs, documents, maps and simulations can be leveraged to help rescue trapped residents, guide fire services officers, and plan swiftly in the face of spreading flames. When fires are in progress, or volatile situations are unfolding, rugged tablets provide mobility, enabling managerial and coordinating staff to go from office to vehicle to the scene without losing a minute of valuable communication time.

Emergent situations rely in appropriate, accurate intel. Rugged tablets with GPS / GIS functionality can help first responders respond where they are needed most, with the information they need for maximum safety and effectiveness to stop the fire and resolve the situation.

Rugged tablets for firefighting training and in-the-field analysis can help save lives by enabling the capture and sharing of real-time critical data to inform real-time decisions in coordination with dispatch, other units, and assisting agencies.

How 3D Fire Training with Rugged Tablets Improves Firefighter Safety

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It’s becoming more difficult for firefighters to keep up with an increasingly complex architecture — and how fire spreads throughout newer buildings constructed with composite materials that burn and give off vapors differently than traditional building materials. Lack of updated training can lead to fatalities.

Fortunately, new programs are being implemented to protect our first responders, including 3D fire training to improve operational and training practices. Tablets are the perfect device for this training, particularly if equipped with powerful graphics processors that can rapidly and seamlessly deliver a 3D experience.

3D fire training is a digital program that produces a 3D environment, complete with the physics of our real world. Programs can be used to create different fires and situations, and officers can use the simulation for training. By using these simulations, they are preparing themselves for real-world situations where they may be facing the same threat.

The process of 3D fire training goes as follows: 

  • Situational awareness. Firefighters view the building and the ongoing or simulated fire and size up the situation accordingly. Tablet tech can allow virtual viewing of the building from the exterior and interior.
  • Risk assessment. By dynamically weighing the risks and benefits of different strategies, fire and rescue team members can choose the best possible path through a building and plot escape routes when rescuing persons from a burning building.
  • Management of hazardous materials which may be unfamiliar to current personnel. Proactive measures can be implemented to decrease the hazards presented by unburned pyrolysate and flammable products of incomplete combustion.
  • Ventilation strategy. Proper ventilation methods can be used to control the situation and reduce the amount of dangerous smoke in the area. 3D imaging can help determine the most likely route of air flow and suggest best next actions for venting floor by floor.

Tactical tablets can help assess the situation and determine which strategies will be most helpful, providing teams in training with a 3D view of potential situations. The trainee can put themselves in this situation mentally, playing out various scenarios and learning how to react in each situation. This type of hands-on training experience can be translated into actionable, lifesaving knowledge in the field.

The key in applying 3D concepts to ventilation strategies and tactics is to deliberately base decisions on what impact both inlets and exhaust openings will have on the fire and the fire environment. Visualizing these situations can be easier on trainees and veteran firefighters when displayed though the heavy graphics capabilities of a DT Research tablet.