Technology and teamwork have combined in Coventry to help train first responders and local authorities to manage major incidents.
Working alongside Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire councils and the local emergency services, the Simulation Centre at Coventry University has created realistic virtual reality emergency response scenarios to train and exercise emergency responders and local authorities to help keep people safe at major events, including those for Coventry UK City of Culture, from a command and control perspective.
The Simulation Centre employs a multitude of systems and methods to create highly immersive, real time changeable training scenarios. The main interactive area features a 10-metre, 160° curved screen, surround sound, temperature regulation to simulate outdoor conditions, as well as smoke, lighting and smell effects to immerse delegates.
There are 9 break-out rooms and a remote observation and control room for running the sessions. Throughout the centre there is CCTV and audio recording in all areas, which is used as part of the sessions for assessment, feedback and after-action review purposes. The overall approach is designed to immerse delegates into the given situation, in an environment where they can practice, develop and explore their skills, that is safe, but realistic.