Real-time, interactive incident simulation: an airliner crashes on takeoff. Noise is everywhere; communications are uncoordinated. Victims need attention; fires erupt; the press needs containment; air traffic is diverted. That's reality, and that's what can be practiced, in an unscripted, interactive, real-time, multi-station environment, through the ADMS (Advanced Disaster Management Simulator) environment.(Advertising Feature)

THE EXERCISE I OBSERVED involved an incident commander (IC) and leaders from fire and rescue, law enforcement, airport operations, and emergency medical services (EMS), each with an independent, close-up control of his own perspective of the incident.

Participants changed their positions autonomously (joysticks move them into and away from the scene, and change position and perspective right and left). Sounds changed; their actions (dispatching equipment, applying foam to firms, etc) had immediate, realistic consequences.

The event unfolded in real time, reacting to each participant's actions. With no programmed outcome, whatever participants called for was what happened. A misstep could cost many virtual lives.

That is the beauty of realistic simulation: nobody gets physically hurt. …

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