First responders in Texas county use virtual reality to train during pandemic

  • Source: KEYE-TV CBS 42 Austin
  • Published: 03/18/2021 12:00 AM

VIDEO: Local first responders have a new way of training during the COVID-19 pandemic. Austin-Travis County EMS (ATCEMS) is now using virtual reality training programs. “We can basically do anything that you can do in real life, you can do in virtual reality,” said Commander Keith Noble, ATCEMS. With the help from the City of Austin, Augmented Training Systems, and a grant from US Ignite, ATCEMS is now implementing virtual reality training. “I bring the research together with staff members here and in this case, it was EMS. We sit down and we figure out what we need. What is something that’s doable by the university researchers and something that’s a challenge or would help in this case, our first responders,” said Ted Lehr, Data Architect for City’s Communication and Technology Management Department.


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