Internet Deployed, Real-Time Immersive 4d Fire Training Application

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2005-33610-15485
Agency Tracking Number: 2005-00031
Amount: $79,672.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
3910 Hill Road, Ste. 102, Boise, ID, 83703
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jason Pfaff
 (208) 336-2010
Business Contact
 Jason Pfaff
Phone: (208) 336-2010
Research Institution
The issue of firefighter safety and training is a significant national problem. There is a clear need for effective training methods/materials to augment existing wildfire training. Currently there is a lack of effective Internet training materials for wildland firefighters. Agency training focus is not on the bulk of personnel, but on the leaders. Associated risks to firefighting personnel continue at high levels due to increasing occurrence and severity of wildfire events. The problem is compounded by the urban-interface encroachment and increasing demands on agency as well as non-agency based fire personnel. Project is an Internet based training application designed to instill situational awareness into wildland fire personnel. Through better understanding of all the elements in historical fatality scenarios, personnel will learn from mistakes made, as well as the complex interaction of topography, fire, fuels, and weather. This empowers them with improved knowledge for self-survival when necessary. By providing an immersive 4D environment firefighters will reach a higher level of understanding of past fatality events, and develop heightened personal situational awareness.Project will develop a true real-time virtual reality application using yet to be deployed technology and we will accomplish this on a wide scale basis.

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