504 Virtual Reality Simulations: Building a Prototype for Firefighter Education

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Wednesday, June 27


Training firefighters in the field is an expensive endeavor. Traditional field training exercises involve large teams of firefighters, their equipment, a dedicated training ground, and set-up and tear-down time for each field exercise. When training exercises are not performed frequently and with precision to shift tactical knowledge to long-term memory, lives are at stake on the fireground. Additionally, firefighters simply do not experience fires every day.

In this session, you will learn how TargetSolutions, a Vector Solutions brand, is transforming firefighter training by developing the industry’s first immersive, interactive virtual reality experience for firefighters. You will examine a prototype microcourse developed in collaboration with a fire house and a video production company on the concept of smoke reading, i.e., how to attack a fire based on what the smoke tells you. In the prototype, firefighters receive instruction on smoke types and then face several scenarios where they must decide how to best attack the fires presented.

In this session, you will learn:

  • About the benefits and challenges of using VR for firefighting simulation
  • How to implement decision-making into your VR project
  • How to manage a large-scale VR project


Designers, developers, managers, and senior leaders (directors, VP, CLO, executives, etc.).

Technology discussed in this session:

Virtual reality with 360-degree video.

Michael Schreiner

Senior Director of Content

Vector Solutions

Michael Schreiner, a senior director of content at Vector Solutions, is a learning and human performance improvement professional with over 20 years of experience managing and directing the functional and strategic activities of learning and development teams. His core strengths are in human performance improvement; instructional design; and people, project, and change management. As a project management professional (PMP) certified by the Project Management Institute (PMI), Michael is intensely focused on delivering quality learning solutions on time, within budget, and within scope. He is adept at aligning performance improvement solutions to a company’s long-term goals and value proposition.

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