Firefighters battling a blaze

Did You Know…

…that the Fire Department Uses Virtual Fires to Practice For Emergencies?


Roaring flames threaten the fireman as he approaches a burning tunnel. He has just 50 more meters to go before he can start putting out the fire that is engulfing an overturned truck. And yet after the exercise is over, there is no need for him to wipe sweat off his brow or even remove any protective gear. This is because, in reality, there was no fire at all.

Nowadays, it is no longer necessary to set up practice scenarios with real conditions. Computer simulations, 3D projections,and virtual reality solutions can replicate the general action and strategies just as well as the real thing. The leaders and specialists in disaster prevention agencies, fire departments, emergency services, rescue services, and police squads will have the opportunity to experience the latest technological methods at the Virtual Fires Convention taking place on 15 and 16 April 2010 in St. Georgen near Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany. The focus of this year’s event is fire and hazard prevention.

The objective of the Virtual Fires Congress is to highlight and discuss international standards, as well as to make the latest information available to a broad spectrum of specialists. ZEISS will also be there with its cinemizer video goggles. Experts from Visenso and e-semble have used them to visually recreate in exact detail a virtual training environment for firefighters, enabling them to experience extreme situations without the expensive set-up and clean-up involved with training grounds.

6 April 2010