The idea that you can improve your sense of smell might seem strange. Even the idea that different people have different strengths of sense of smell is probably something you’ve never considered. But studies have shown that olfactory training is possible to improve your sense of smell. [Read more…]
Burning rubber, thick smoke, chemical vapors…these are just some of the extreme sensory experiences that military and first responders face. Inexperience dealing with these dangerous and potentially life-threating situations can reduce effectiveness and even cause physiological trauma. How do we ensure that they are well-trained, safe and able to be successful in their efforts? SensoryCo partners with military, law enforcement, fire, urban search and rescue, hazmat and CBRNE organizations to provide realistic multi-sensory training solutions.
Research shows that repetitive exposure to simulated extreme conditions improves reactions in real-life situations. Similar to a vaccination, immersive training prepares personnel to deal with an onslaught of sensory overload. The repetition of practicing in realistic conditions helps the mind and body become somewhat accustomed to these effects, making those conditions somewhat “normal,” and no longer so much of a stressor. This allows the person to perform better with less distractions from the conditions and more able to focus on necessary actions.
Dangerous Work Conditions
Imagine the various extreme situations in which military, law enforcement, fire, urban search and rescue, hazmat and CBRNE organizations encounter. Natural disasters, explosions, fires, chemical spills, military action and more can all cause a multi-sensory assault. Often these personnel enter a situation without knowledge of what they will face. Blinding smoke, irritating and dangerous chemical vapors, nauseating or toxic odors, and even extreme weather can all effect the ability to function effectively and make appropriate decisions.
Multi-Sensory Training Solutions
SensoryCo provides safe and non-toxic multi-sensory effects to create realistic training environments. Tools including smoke generators, fog and vapor generators, spray effects systems, weather effects systems, scenting systems and a range of simulated aromas and malodors all contribute to providing the repetitive immersive exposure to allow these personnel to practice working in these situations. These various systems provide extreme, yet programmable and controllable conditions and built for the rigors of live and simulated training environments. Sensory training and desensitization has even been found to be a successful part of the prevention and treatment of PTSD.
Realistic, Non-Toxic Olfactory Input
SensoryCo aromas are ultra-realistic and include a library of odors and malodors for exposure in medical and battlefield training, hazardous chemicals, gases and choking agents, natural environmental smells, and man-made smells. Some specific scents include: aviation fuel, gasoline, gunpowder, burning wood, burning plastic, burning rubber, meth lab, garbage, sewer, sulfur, body odor, and even human remains.
Physical and strategic training of military, law enforcement, fire, urban search and rescue, hazmat and CBRNE organizations are some of the cornerstones of preparation for the dangerous situations these personnel encounter. However, the additional multi-sensory training solutions provided by SensoryCo contribute to next-level readiness to ensure that these brave men and women are ready to handle the extreme and unique conditions inherent to these jobs.
First responders and military personnel are often in dangerous situations where they are assaulted by an ambush of sights, sounds and smells making it extremely difficult to respond in a rational manner. Research shows that repeated training exposure to these types of sensory overload can familiarize and desensitize our brains to these assaults, helping to create a less stressed and more lucid response in real-life precarious situations. SensoryCo provides an extensive array of non-toxic aromas and malodors for first responder and military olfactory desensitization training.
Imagine the gamut of emergency or military conditions with overwhelming sights or blinding smoke, unfamiliar or deafening sounds, and nauseating and toxic smells. From gunfire to explosions, distant villages with the mix of novel smells, sewage, car exhaust and more; burning rubber tires or plastic; toxic chemicals and drug labs – all of these smells can be overwhelming, sickening and even disorienting when in the field with other extreme stressors. SensoryCo provides all of these authentic yet non-toxic smell effects for training, and works closely with agencies and organizations to provide custom odors as well.
In addition, SensoryCo has developed a range of scent generators for first responder and military olfactory desensitization training, easily used indoors or outside, in various size areas, with up to six different scents, several means for control or distribution, and more. The largest generators can accommodate a training area over 50,000 feet.
Olfactory input and desensitization has also been found to be successful in PTSD prevention and treatment for the military. Using virtual reality, researchers have been able to integrate the sights, sounds and now, smells, into a controllable treatment environment. This therapy may help soldiers mentally prepare or deal with the physiological stressors they may face during deployment.
SensoryCo is a leading innovator in military and first responder multisensory training solutions, including scent effects and scent generators as well as non-toxic smoke and vapors for training and simulation. We are dedicated to providing custom training options to help keep out first responders and military personnel as prepared and safe as possible.
Estimates state that at least 20% of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have PTSD, and 50% of those with PTSD do not seek treatment. With behavioral health care becoming a major issue for this population, there has been increased motivation to find better solutions for prevention and treatment. Promising results have been found using virtual reality for both stress resilience and management. And, while visual and auditory factors are most common among research stimuli, studies have shown that olfactory input could play a major part as well.
Did you know that people with different diseases and infections have distinct and noticeable smells? Historically, in the days of house calls, doctors would sniff their patients to help with diagnoses. Recent research confirms that humans have the ability to detect diseases by smell. The implications and possibilities are fascinating. At SensoryCo, we are dedicated to being on the forefront of preparedness training using aromas and malodors and have worked extensively with first responders, military and more. The realm of “smell training” and sensory effects in medical training is one we are actively following and researching with our clients.
First responders, military personnel and hazmat teams are often exposed to irritating and potentially dangerous odors. Malodors can be disorienting, nauseating or possibly provide a clue to other hazards. Incorporating a SensoryCo smell generator into training with safe, yet realistic scent effects can help these personnel prepare for risky conditions.
Chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense (CBRN defense or CBRND) isn’t a topic most of us think about. CBRND refers to passive protection, contamination avoidance, and CBRN mitigation. The idea of anyone using these types of weapons is truly frightening, however, not being prepared is much more tragic. It is crucial that we have first responders actively training for these types of emergencies because the more repeated exposure to simulated hazards of these dangerous situations, the better prepared these responders can be. SensoryCo provides scents, vapor systems, and additional sensory effects for CBRN defense training.
CBRN situations are treated as a mass crisis situation, and responded to as if they are deliberate acts to kill, sicken or tragically affect society. Knowing how to react and what steps to take in the midst of a CBRN emergency is vital. But for most of us, we would be overwhelmed by the immediate sensory assault – vision-impairing smoke, nauseating smells, toxic chemicals, and more. In order for first responders to quickly make important decisions about rescue and containment, they cannot be distracted by the sensory attacks.
Research shows that repetitive practice in hazardous situations trains our brains to be desensitized to what we become familiar with, creating a more instinctive, less stressed response. CBRN training facilities create chaotic practice situations with sensory effects to give first responders preparation in lifelike emergency situations.
A CBRN incident may cause a range of noxious smells and SensoryCo provides non-toxic, but realistic scents for training including: blood, nitric acid, mustard gas, decaying flesh, burning electrical, ammonia, lewisite, and various smells related to IED manufacturing. SensoryCo also provides smoke effects to simulate situations such as a smoldering building, laboratory vapors, dense tunnel smoke, a car bomb and more. Explosions and other attacks can cause additional sensory assaults as well, and first responders practice with SensoryCo spraymotion effects simulating leaking pipes, low lying vapors, chemical sprays, WMD gas release, or de-contamination.
CBRN training is a Homeland Security issue and crosses all disciplines – military, law enforcement, and firefighters – and all levels of government. First responders need to be ready to react, and make quick, important decisions. Repetitive training allows emergency crews to ignore the sensory assaults and focus on the other priorities brought on by the incident. SensoryCo works with a variety of companies to provide custom sensory effects for CBRN defense training and preparation. If your company is interested in training effects tailored for your needs, contact SensoryCo. Our first responders deserve the best training possible to keep all of us, and themselves, safe.
We understand the power of a rancid odor. At SensoryCo, our team works with different scents to simulate real-life aromas, recreating the essence of the note that either appeals to the nose as a fragrance or alienates the sense of smell. Horrendous smells can actually “attack” the olfactory system causing nausea, gagging, shortness of breathe as well as a flight response and individual reactions to repulsive smells have been studied over the past century for use in military and law enforcement. The US Department of Defense has identified the use of such malodors as an area of research and exploration to embrace the implementation of more non-lethal weaponry in the 21st Century.
Military malodorant missiles and grenades have been tested in open environments where obnoxious smells have been released to assault the senses. Used in different conflict situations as well as live immersive training scenarios, simulated “stink bombs” can be an effective resource to subdue a target.
As such, the Israeli Defense Forces have developed “Skunk,” a malodorous stench to be used for crowd control purposes in lieu of more conventional physical methods like rubber bullets and tear gas.
Combining the molecules and compounds to replicate gross smells is not harmful to the body but can immobilize a human threat by “terrifying the senses.” SensoryCo develops synthetic aromas and malodors used for different applications working with clients, chemist, technology, and our own “noses” to recreate smells that can tease, tantalize, temp, or terrify.
Working in conjunction and collaboration with our customers, SensoryCo is on the front lines of replicating smells to induce the recognition of hazardous materials, chemical, and dangerous smells in order to prepare, train, and save lives. SensoryCo odors are used in live immersive training for first responders, drug enforcement units, military and medical personnel to create realistic experiences and environments.
In our near future, it could very well be a real scenario where terrorists are driven out of caves confronted with the overwhelming smell of “human waste” or riots are dispersed with the recreation and release of “rotting carcass” without the fear of bodily damage or loss of life due to the use of such methods.
With so many recent wildfires raging around California, it’s timely to consider the incredible risks involved with fighting fires. Unfortunately, major fires happen every day and firefighters and other first responders have to deal with dangerous conditions and incredible stress while trying to fight flames and search for victims. SensoryCo provides realistic smoke effects for fire fighter training to help prepare them for the extreme conditions of their jobs.
Imagine the variety of scenarios that firefighters and first responders must face, from entering an unknown home or building, to going up and down flights of stairs, to traversing through brush and forest vegetation, to dealing with the aftermath of an explosion or natural disaster. Add to that the danger of navigating those conditions with the loss of visibility due to heavy smoke or debris, and the risks and possibility for errors are immeasurable.
The smoke conditions during a fire can cause confusion and low to no visibility. Panic can also lead to poor decision-making. Research shows that repetitive training in simulated high-risk situations can help increase stress inoculation; recurrent exposure to stressful conditions makes those conditions seemingly more routine and less startling. Actions practiced in those conditions become habitual and lead to better responses and decision-making in real fire situations.
SensoryCo provides a smoke simulation solutions that behaves incredibly similarly to real smoke to create realistic training situations. The smoke is controllable and has been rigorously tested to ensure that it is safe and nonflammable. Incorporating these smoke effects in firefighter training adds a critical component to their training program.
By definition, firefighters will be exposed to densely smoky conditions in a majority of their work situations. The ability to navigate these conditions and still make effective decisions under these conditions is critical to daily performance. Successful training programs must integrate these sensory stimuli. SensoryCo is a key partner and can create custom solutions to incorporate smoke effects for firefighter training. Repeated exposure to realistic smoke effects during drills and exercises increases the abilities of firefighters to keep them safe and prepared on the job.
Law enforcement officers deal with a great deal of stress as a regular part of their jobs. When they have to cope with extreme conditions in addition to handling the tasks of the job, it can be even more stressful and dangerous. From tear gas to the aftermath of explosions or natural disasters, working in these difficult situations can interfere with their ability to do their job effectively. SensoryCo provides realistic, high-risk conditions using smoke effects for law enforcement training to create and simulate the extreme conditions of blinding haze and smoke.
Law enforcement officers are faced with many dangerous scenarios. Crowds and riots may include exposures to tear gas, smoke bombs, fires and more. The investigation of meth labs also often comes after an explosion or lab fire reveals the location. Even natural disasters often cause fires or extreme dust and debris that officers must deal with in an effort to reach survivors.
Loss of visibility due to dense smoke and white out conditions can be very confusing to navigate and can even make communication difficult. Add to that the normal stressors found in law enforcement and you have the possibly for injuries or ineffective search. When stressed, decision-making skills are affected as well. However, training under extreme conditions has been shown to improve performance when faced with similar circumstances in real life situations.
Immersive training creates stress inoculation. Similar to a how vaccination prepares a patient to deal with possible disease, exposure to real life conditions in training prepares law enforcement officers to deal with those conditions on the job. When dealing with difficult conditions in training, the mind and body become somewhat accustomed to the effects. With repetition, those effects become a regular part of the situation and no longer a surprise. Additionally, with practice officers gain the skills to deal with those roadblocks.
A critical component in officer safety is the ability to make effective decisions under stress and an effective training program includes as many real life situations as possible. Including sensory stimuli such as extreme smoke effects provides a vital part of training, helping to improve important skills for these situations. SensoryCo can be a key partner in the training process, providing a range of real life, sensory stimulations including haze, water spray, and smoke effects for law enforcement training as well as a range of scents for law enforcement training. Repeated immersion with the sensory stressors that are encountered on the job gives our law enforcement officers the critical skills to be effective and safe in the field.