Virtual reality is a field that has always fascinated me and among the various patents in which VR is experimented, my interest has focused on an article where he talks about an Australian researcher, volunteer of firefighters, he designed a system of virtual reality for firefighter training. Safer and more efficient than traditional “workouts”.

And I can confirm this because of my training as I am part of the firefighting team

firefighter training is an activity that, despite all the precautions, presents some risks for those who practice it and for the surrounding environment (for example due to the combustion of materials that may be toxic); in addition there is the economic aspect, because to make realistic simulations it is often necessary to have reconstructions of parts of buildings, of real cars, etc.

On the other hand, however, training to extinguish a real fire, to face an emergency situation, is essential. One solution to do this in a safer, more efficient and environmentally friendly way is the one designed by James Mullins, a volunteer fireman and a professor. It’s called Flaim Trainer, it’s a system that uses virtual reality.


The heart of the system is a virtual reality viewer equipped with a whole series of sensors and technological components applied to real equipment to train firefighters in a realistic and safe way. You can recreate the most disparate situations such as fires of cars, airplanes, homes, woods, etc.

 Besides the 3D reconstruction of the scenario, in the virtual reality the movements of the fireman are simulated (“traced” through a sensor applied on the water dispenser) and some of the sensations that would be felt in reality. The suit, for example, heats up thanks to a series of electrical resistances applied to the fabric: the fireman will approach the virtual fire, the more the temperature will increase in the corresponding part of the body. There are also sensors to monitor heartbeat, physiological response and performance.

All information will be collected and stored in the cloud (in practice, a virtual archive always accessible): will be available to trainers to review a training session, to understand how firefighters react in stress conditions and to study new simulations with which measure. All this without jeopardizing the safety of firefighters and … health of the environment.

Thanks to these simulations, novice firefighters could go through the flames of a fire

with a different approach.

Technology continues to make things easier …let’s continue like this …

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