Enriching firefighter training through the development of a novel virtual reality training simulation

Virtual reality simulation is increasingly becoming a valuable tool in the training of highly-skilled and dangerous professions. Firefighting requires individuals to work in extreme environments that can be difficult or impossible to adequately train for due to cost and safety considerations. This project, in collaboration with the Oshawa Fire Services and City of Oshawa, will develop a virtual reality simulation for firefighters to train within a building collapse scenario. The interns will take part in the development of the virtual reality simulation and advance the knowledge dissemination capacity through various media and social media platforms. Overall, the Oshawa Fire Services and City of Oshawa will receive a state-of-the-art simulation that will ensure safety and complement current real-life training.

David Brian Copithorne
Faculty Supervisor: 
Michael Williams-Bell
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