New simulator helping firefighters navigate Florida roads

  • Source: Spectrum News 13 Orlando - Metered Site
  • Published: 05/29/2024 12:00 AM

VIDEO: Firefighters are getting new help in navigating the clogged streets of Kissimmee. The Kissimmee Fire Department is using a state-of-the-art simulator to train firefighters on how to drive a fire truck. Deputy Chief Joseph Leone says the Sim-Tech Fire Vehicle Training Simulator will come in handy, especially for new hires. “What we want to do is put them in the driving simulator first before we put them on the street and allow them to face the reality that they’re going to face heavy traffic,” said Leone, “We want to put them in those scenarios before they actually drive on John Young or OBT.” The simulator, which is housed in a mobile trailer, will be mandatory for all firefighters and paramedics. Training begins in June. The technology can simulate congested roads, severe weather and other issues firefighters may encounter.


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