The Virtual Reality Centre at RMIT University recently produced a prototype simulation for NSW State Rail to train staff to respond appropriately in an emergency. A virtual 3-D model of a Sydney underground station was constructed so trainees could role-play during different scenarios, “experiencing the panic, reduced vision and stress of an evacuation procedure”.
Similar applications include Incident Commander, a US homeland security tool tutoring municipal officials in managing accidents or disasters, and HazMat, preparing those typically first to respond after a catastrophe. Code Orange also trains hospital workers to deal with the rapid decision-making required after mass-casualty events.
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