Design and Validation of Simulation-based Training for Emergency First Responders

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Office of the Secretary of Defense
Contract: DAMD17-03-C-0059
Agency Tracking Number: O022-0166
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Aptima, Inc.
12 Gill Street, Suite 1400, Woburn, MA, 01801
DUNS: 967259946
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Eileen Entin
 Senior Research Psycholog
 (781) 496-2427
 ebe@aptima.com
Business Contact
 Margaret Clancy
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (781) 496-2415
Email: clancy@aptima.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
"Simulation-based training is a promising instructional tool for training first responder military and civilian emergency personnel but its growth and adoption into practical use in training programs has been significantly hindered by the lack ofvalidation. We will address this challenge through two interrelated objectives. We will design a validated training program for first responders that uses simulation technology effectively to increase skill levels. We will also demonstrate, in theprocess of developing this training program, the methods by which such training should be developed and validated. Our technical objectives include identifying the training needs of the first responder and mapping those to the strengths of simulators toinform the design of effective and optimal configurations of simulator-based training programs for first responders. We will draw upon the systematic measure-development process pioneered by Aptima for military aviation to design and develop a set ofperformance measures. The Phase I work will culminate in a proof of concept demonstration of our training program and validation methodology using a simulator in collaboration with the Harvard Medical School, Center for Medical Simulation. There will betwo products at the end of Phase II-firstly the training program itself, to be transitioned into a variety of first-responder environments, and secondly, the methods used to design, develop, and validate

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