Firefighting is one of the most mentally and physically challenging professions. Firefighters who train in simulation environments are better equipped to perform optimally during a variety of disaster situations. Hazmat scenarios, search and rescue, and wildfire operations are just a few of the varied and dangerous situations that firefighters may encounter. These situations can offer an assault on a firefighter’s senses. In addition to the confusion and obvious dangers seen to the eye, the firefighter will encounter aromas, sounds and vapors/smoke that may throw his system off balance if not properly trained.Atmospherics used in firefighter training

Data collected over the years for instance, show that pungent smells lead to a drop in execution quality and to the neutralization of about 20 percent of the participants. This illustrates the importance of creating hyper-realistic training situations for all types of disaster personnel so they are prepared for any kind of sensory experience.

*Effects used for fire training include:

Smells: burning electrical, burning rubber, burning wood, fire, natural gas.
Smoke effects: smoking building, big rig fire, whiteout conditions in warehouse, smoking tunnel.
Weather and spraymotion effects: vapor effects, fire hose spray, bursting pipes, leaking gasoline.
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