Transforming Training: Austin Uses VR for EMS Responders
Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services in Texas has incorporated augmented and virtual reality into its training process, allowing first responders to prepare more effectively for mass-casualty events.
Training for Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services (ATCEMS) responders in Texas looked very different prior to the addition of augmented and virtual reality technology in the department.
According to Commander Keith Noble of ATCEMS, traditional training involved a PowerPoint presentation and a walkthrough of the department’s ambulance bus (Ambus). There were plans for a large mass-casualty event training in the works for several years, but it would have involved bringing in 600 employees on overtime pay for several hours to complete it.