With active shooting situations in schools no longer uncommon, the Department of Homeland Security is now offering online training for teachers and first-responders to prepare for such a disaster — right on their computers.
The available training is explained in a video on the department website called “Enhanced Dynamic Geo-Social Environment (EDGE) Virtual Training Revisited,” which explains a free computer-based training tool that includes a virtual school environment for multiagency training for active shooter incidents. It was first reported by the Times, here.
Such training had been available depicting an active shooter in a 26-story hotel, according to Milt Nenneman, project manager of First Responders Group for the Department of Homeland Security. Now, there’s a simulation in a large school, which has an auditorium, cafeteria, gymnasium and a lot of classrooms.
Training is offered for teachers, staff and administrators, he said, which “will allow schools and law enforcement to train to a response without disrupting the students and be able to train repeatedly.”
The training can be done on computer.
“Virtual training doesn’t replace actual hands-on training,” Nenneman said, but will “augment” it.
A release by the department said the training video was built on the Unreal gaming engine, which powers interactive video games such as Mortal Kombat, BioShock and Batman: Arkham City.
“EDGE allows responders to collaboratively role-play complex scenarios in a virtual environment, improving coordination and communication while mitigating injuries and loss of lives,” the release said.