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Visit Us at Firehouse World 2015

FLAME-SIM will be attending Firehouse World at the San Diego Convention Center on Tuesday January 27th and Wednesday January 28th.  Stop by booth 638 to see how FLAME-SIM better trains fireground communication and decision making for our users. To register for classes at Firehouse World visit their website and sign up.  If you would like to explore the expo floor at see FLAME-SIM for free, visit the website and use promo code FLAMEEVIP for free Expo Floor...

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Total Command ICS Class at Delaware State Fire School

Are you looking to promote?  To better understand fireground decision making?  To better understand the use of NIMS and how to properly use groups and divisions?  Or maybe you’re just looking to run more fire scenarios as a company officer/incident commander.  If you are looking to do any of these things, this class is for you. The Delaware State Fire School will be hosting a two-day Total Command class from February 28th to March 1st, 2015. Run 30 fires over the course of this two day class, ranging from room and content fires to MAYDAY and emergency evacuation scenarios. To sign up for the class, visit Emergency Response Strategies and sign...

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ICS Class in Houston Area

We are excited to announce that the Brazoria-Fort Bend Counties Instructors Association in coordination with TEEX, will be hosting their annual “Field Day” training program on February 21 and 22, 2015. Along with the standard hands-on and classroom sessions, this year will include an ICS course taught using FLAME-SIM. The course named Total Command ICS is an eight hour class that you can take on either Saturday the 21st or Sunday the 22nd. For more information on the courses offered, visit the HCFFA...

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ICS Class offered in Allen, TX

We are excited to announce a National ICS Class, hosted by Emergency Response Strategies is now available to any fire service professional interested in learning the latest ICS technique for managing and expanding command during an expanding incident. Emergency Response Solutions will be hosting this innovative new class at the Courtyard by Marriott Dallas-Allen on September 15 and 16, 2014. The class will teach the students a method of managing command that has greatly improved fireground operations on single and multi-alarm fires over the last three years. Students will be taken through approximately 30 simulated fires over the course of three days with the goal of encouraging a better understanding of why systems break down on the fireground and how to avoid those pitfalls in the real world. Each scenario will be followed by an in-depth post incident critique involving: • Use of groups and divisions • Proper communication objectives • Tracking units • Accountability • Emergency procedures For more information on this class please see the image...

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National ICS Class

We are excited to announce a National ICS Class, hosted by one of our partner departments is now available to any fire service professional interested in learning the latest ICS technique for managing and expanding command during an expanding incident. The Allen (Texas) Fire Department will be hosting this innovative new class on January 22, 23, and 24 2014. The class will teach the students a method of managing command that has greatly improved fireground operations on single and multi-alarm fires over the last three years. Students will be taken through approximately 30 simulated fires over the course of three days with the goal of encouraging a better understanding of why systems break down on the fireground and how to avoid those pitfalls in the real world. Each scenario will be followed by an in-depth post incident critique involving: Use of groups and divisions Proper communication objectives Tracking units Accountability Emergency procedures For more information on this class please see the image below....

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Allen FD Wins Outstanding Achievement in Innovation

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School Incorporates FLAME-SIM into Fire Degree Program

Hennepin Technical College in Minnesota has incorporated the latest in training simulation software into their Fire Degree program. In May of 2010 Hennepin Technical College (HTC) purchased a FLAME-SIM Rugged Mobile Center which they have incorporated it into their IFSAC Accredited Fire Degree Program that serves several hundred career, paid-on-call, and non-affiliated fire students on two separate campuses. In addition to the simulation training that occurs on campus, HTC also travels to various fire departments throughout the Midwest to conduct FLAME-SIM training. HTC joins fire departments and technical colleges across the US and Canada in the integration of FLAME-SIM into fire courses and continuing education classes ranging from Firefighter 1 and 2 to Incident Command and Officer training. HTC Fire Training Coordinator, Bernie Vrona has been conducting the training sessions and is excited about the results he has been seeing; “FLAME-SIM has been incorporated on-campus into the “Firefighter 1” class to show how command functions and communications work. In the “Company Functions” class, students are given opportunities to serve in various command and crew roles to help develop critical thinking skills, improve their communication abilities and understand the relationship and impact that one crews’ efforts has on the other crews working the incident. FLAME-SIM has also been utilized effectively in Fire Officer and command classes”. In addition to the success in the academic world, HTC has also been seeing significant results while traveling with the Rugged Mobile Center to local and regional fire departments. “Off-campus, the FLAME-SIM trainer has been used at departments to help them examine their current command structure, look at their SOP’s, improve communication, and discover improved ways of arrival and vehicle placement” Vrona commented. “We have also seen fire fighters experience low air, high heat, and disorientation due to low visibility which has led to Mayday activations, RIT involvement and very real situations during what seemed like very typical fire-ground response”. FLAME-SIM is a 3D real-time simulation training software that is used to train fireground communication and decision based procedures. The customizable software is being used in fire departments and academic institutions throughout the US and Canada and proving to be a powerful and effective training tool. For more information about Hennepin Technical College and...

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Allen FD Wins Outstanding Achievement in Innovation

The City of Allen Fire Department (AFD) in Allen, TX received an award for Outstanding Achievement in Innovation from The Alliance for Innovation which they received at the Transforming Local Government Conference in Las Vegas on June 3, 2010. AFD received the award for their use of virtual emergency command training for operational readiness. The virtual emergency command training in place at The Allen Fire Department is FLAME-SIM. FLAME-SIM is the latest in training simulation software and is giving fire departments across the US and Canada a virtual world in which to train their incident commanders and firefighters. The real time, dynamic environment simulates the stress, obstacles and decision points that arise on the fireground in order to better prepare incident commanders. The Allen Fire Department has been using FLAME-SIM for almost two years and the cutting edge training simulation software has had a significant positive impact on AFD’s communication and decision based procedures on the fireground. Assistant Chief Dr. Kurt Hall and Division Chief of Training Jonathan Boyd spoke about their experiences with FLAME-SIM and its...

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Canadian Department Thrilled with FLAME-SIM

FLAME-SIM is proving to be a valuable investment for Red Deer Emergency Services in Alberta, Canada. Red Deer Emergency Services (RDES) is a full time department that has 5 stations and 140 suppression members. In September 2009 RDES purchased a 5 unit FLAME-SIM Rugged Mobile Center and are finding the mobility and training that FLAME-SIM offers to be a strong asset to their department. The FLAME-SIM Rugged Mobile Center (RMC) has allowed the Red Deer training staff to take the training to their firefighters instead of always having to bring their firefighters to the training center. This easily transportable system allows them train fire ground communications and decision making skills, onsite and on duty, saving their department time and money. In addition, the simple RMC set up, along with the easy to use FLAME-SIM Scenario and Configuration Editors, allow for RDES to get a training session up and running in a matter of minutes. “We start with a quick intro to get the guys familiar with the controls then we begin the scenario training, which includes basic radio communication on the fire ground for the firefighters and command functions for the officer in charge”, said RDES Chief Training Officer, Mike Godwin. “Following the basic scenario we can then add a MAYDAY call or another serious fireground occurrence, all in one afternoon. Impossible, if we attempted all that on the fire training grounds”. The true cost of training is often miscalculated; the cost of payroll frequently gets lost in the cost of tower rental, instructors, transportation etc., but payroll is often one of the most expensive aspects of training. By integrating FLAME-SIM into your training regimen you can increase the repetition of your training while decreasing your payroll and other costs, which often enables FLAME-SIM to pay for itself in less than a year. Chief Godwin added, “Since we run EMS as well, call volumes are high, so it is difficult to take the crew out of service for an entire day of training. With the FLAME-SIM Rugged Mobile Center I am able to take the FLAME-SIM systems to each station and train with the crews, in quarters. No relocating, no out of service costs, just hands-on fireground and command...

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Plano Wins Heritage Grant

The Plano Fire Department, in Plano, Texas, recently received, from Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America (Allianz), a $14,217 Heritage Rewards grant on behalf of field marketing organization (FMO) Lakeside Equity Partners. Plano Fire Department has chosen to use these funds to purchase the latest in interactive training software, FLAME-SIM 2009, to further enhance their already excellent fire training program. Plano Fire Department (PFD) has been working with the simulation software for the past 12 months in association with the Allen Fire Department, which currently has 10 seats of FLAME-SIM 2009. Plano has already seen beneficial results from working with the software over the past year, but they are excited to increase the frequency and scope of their training sessions with the software at their constant disposal. This availability will allow the PFD firefighters and officers to actively train on communications, fire ground operations, and incident command tactics and strategies, and obtain results similar to those seen by the Allen Fire Department (AFD). AFD has seen many positive results including less freelancing on the fire ground, improved fire ground communications, and improved firefighter confidence and coordination because of their ability to easily train an entire first alarm response together. With FLAME-SIM, they are able to regularly train all seven of their first alarm company officers and repeatedly practice the proper execution of a coordinated fire attack. AFD has also noticed after using FLAME-SIM, Company Officers are using tactics more in line with Command. Company Officer actions are reviewed and assessed using the After Action Reports at the end of each scenario. This allows the Chief to correct actions taken by officers that are not in line with their established Incident Command procedures. There are numerous other advantages to this dynamic fire training program, and PFD is excited to get this interactive simulation software into the hands of all their personnel in order to utilize all of FLAME-SIM’s unique features, and to get these extraordinary results. To learn more about FLAME-SIM 2009 visit www.flame-sim.com or contact our sales team at (877) FLAME...

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Virtual Training Packs Big Results

With budgets tightening and the number of fires decreasing, more departments are turning to the benefits brought about by simulation software. Allen Fire Department, in Allen, Texas, has been working with FLAME-SIM since October 2008. They have seen the cutting edge simulation software positively impact their training program, as well as their budget. The results and monetary benefits Allen Fire Department (AFD) has experienced with FLAME-SIM are not only evident in numbers but also in the confidence of their personnel. The Allen Fire Department taking part in a thesis study on the effectiveness of simulation in training fireground command, decision making, and communication. The department chose FLAME-SIM as the simulation software to use for his thesis and we will be distributing the full results of the study in April of 2010. We have kept in touch with Allen Fire’s Chief of Training Jonathan Boyd and learned some of the effects he has seen from using FLAME-SIM to train his department. Virtual Opportunities Chief Boyd compared the repetition of assigned duties of one of the AFD company officers. In all of 2008, this Company Officer was called to four confirmed fires, with two interior assignments. During that same year the Company Officer had no RIT Attack assignments and never acted as Incident Commander. In three months of using FLAME-SIM, the same company officer had participated in twenty four training exercises with twelve interior assignments, eight RIT activations and acted as Incident Commander six times. Chief of Training, Jonathan Boyd, shared some of his thoughts about FLAME-SIM; “The software has allowed us to train multi company decision making and communication more often than in the past.” After each training exercise the firefighters that participated sat down and talked through the reasoning behind their actions and communications and compared them to departmental standard operation guidelines. Together with Training Chief Boyd, they noted the actions and communications they completed well and those that needed work. The group would then participate in the same scenario working on the issues that they hadn’t executed well the first time. This method corrected and reinforced proper procedure through repetition. Real Results Chief Boyd has also seen the results of FLAME-SIM on the fire ground. “New procedures that...

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FLAME-SIM Accreditied for Class by Florida Bureau of Fire Standards and Training

Ocala, FL., September 24, 2008 – The Florida Bureau of Fire Standards and Training has granted accreditation to FLAME-SIM for use in a class titled, “Fire Officer Virtual Experience Skills Training (VEST).” The class is being offered at the Florida State Fire College, the first fire training academy to offer course work utilizing the revolutionary training software. Kerry J Ganofsky, CEO and Founder of FLAME-SIM stated “we are extremely excited about this acceptance and to have FLAME-SIM used in an academic setting, especially with such a renowned school as Florida State Fire College”. VEST is a twenty-four hour class given over three days to teach strategies and tactics to company officers and chiefs. Goals of the program include: Improving the tracking and coordination skills of the on-scene Fire Officer. Limiting Micromanagement in real-time events. Interfacing with FO from multiple agencies, spreading the pros and cons of varying SOG. Chris Dyer, the instructor developing the course with Florida State Fire College explained, “We are excited to offer the new V.E.S.T. course into the college’s January 2009 curriculum”. For more information on the Florida State Fire College, visit their website at www.floridafireprograms.com. Information and a free demo of the FLAME-SIM training software may be obtained at www.flame-sim.com or by calling (877) FLAME01 or e-mailing...

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