North Texas fire department using high-tech tool to enhance skills, save lives

  • Source: KTVT-TV CBS 11 Fort Worth
  • Published: 02/15/2024 12:00 AM

VIDEO: A North Texas fire department has partnered with a video game maker to create something that could help save lives and property. It's a first-of-its-kind simulator that helps firefighters do their jobs better. A battalion of Allen firefighters entered a burning home. They work as a team, communicating over radios to coordinate the best approach to put out intense flames. "Currently, I'm outside the fire," said John Harris, an Allen firefighter. "I just got air in my bottle." Harris is one of the very few firefighters anywhere training on a multi-player video simulator with a battalion chief in another room calling the shots. "We're the only ones that I know of who have developed a full virtual environment," said Harris. Allen Fire Chief Jonathan Boyd developed this virtual training center called Aries with the help of a video game maker.


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