Search and rescue teams aid people who are in distress or imminent danger. This difficult task requires capable handling by experts that are prepared to perform at their full potential while working under high stress and volatile conditions.
Search and rescue missions might include responding to a bomb blast, a natural disaster or large-scale accident where fast, level headed, survival action must be employed by highly skilled leaders facing the result of catastrophe.
For example, in recent years, the size and strength of earthquakes and hurricanes have increased to savagely destroy entire regions. Following the devastation, urban search and rescue teams must be prepared to save lives and stabilize the environment.
What Does Disaster Feel Like?
Live immersive training experiences allow teams to focus on building up their mental strength and physical endurance with repetitive exposure to sensory stimulation. Aroma generators can release disgusting odors while visual distraction and weather insertion (fog/rain) can change a training environment into a methodical, stress-inducing encounter that subjects teams to extreme circumstances.
SensoryCo has developed a library of replicated smells to expose trainees to odors and malodors found in the aftermath of disasters. Scent generators release simulated smells and allows trainees to make informed decisions based upon the characteristics of each scent.
Smells can span releases such as mercaptan/natural gas to environmental smells like sewage and gasoline to medical malodors such as blood or corpse. Not only do these smells replicate the actual scenarios found in a disaster but may trigger other emergency responses simply based on presence, such as a procedure to follow when the smell mercaptan is encountered.
Examples of atmospheric effects used for search and rescue training include:
Smells: sewage, natural gas, burning wood, wet concrete, burning flesh, blood, corpse.
Smoke effects: burning bus, confined space whiteout, smoldering rubble, car fire.
Spray effects: leaking steam pipe, sewage pipe break, blood spatter.
To view or download a PDF with a more comprehensive list of aromas, click here.