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USAF fire department receives new simulators

29th January 2019 - 14:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The US Air Force’s 97th Air Mobility Wing (AMW) Fire Department has received three new simulators for firefighter training.

The driving simulator is equipped with four 55in LED displays and a driving cab complete with a driver’s setup, a passenger seat and a hydraulic system similar to the aircraft simulators used on base. It will allow crew to train how to drive at low risk.

The second simulator will allow firefighters to use virtual reality to practice fighting fires with a hose and the third is a trainer for the pump systems on a firetruck.

Philip Fourroux, 97th AMW Fire Department Fire Chief, said: ‘We got in contact with the makers of the pump system trainers... We can start out with driving the fire truck. Once they get to the scene, they can hop over to the pump simulator and get everything ready before they get on the VR headset and actually fight the fire. We’ve incorporated our five-level upgrade training in the systems to the airmen can practice before the real thing.’

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