SimUshare Lets Fire Instructors Go Beyond Imagination With Real Time Fire Effects Over Images & Videos


Recently learned of SimUshare’s Fire Training App, which enables you to add fire and smoke effects to a library of pictures and videos, including the ones you take! I definitely wish we had this app during fire academy, to enable our instructors to help us all be on the same page about what we “imaging” the scenario to be. With real time effects that are completely controllable by the instructor, it is easy to talk about an almost limitless number of simulated fire emergency cases with learners and professionals. I believe the app could also be utilized for pre-planning against possible fire scenarios in difficult locations in your district.

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SimUshare Features:

  • Rapid Creation of Sims: SimsUshare’s user-friendly interface can be easily mastered without extensive training. Basic sims can be created in minutes; more elaborate sims might take just a little longer.
  • Fire Effects: SimsUshare comes with a large palette of special effects including eight kinds of smoke and fire, explosions, hazardous materials, a variety of people (characters) and much more.
  • Modify Effect Parameters: Change the volume, velocity, density, and color of smoke and fire. Show the effect of wind direction and speed. Narrow, widen or flip effects.
  • Masking Effects: With simple masking techniques fire and smoke will appear to come from behind or even inside objects for increased realism.
  • Time Sequencing: Make effects appear or disappear over a period of time. Effects can gradually increase in intensity. Create a developing situation.
  • Incident View Navigation: Use the easy navigation tools to move around all sides of a structure or even inside it. Perform 360s and site inspections as if you were on location.
  • Snapshots: Capture a snapshot during an operation. Use it later for incident review, analysis and critical thinking. Project it on a larger screen for group discussion.
  • Import Images: If you can take a picture of it, you can build a custom simulation around it. You can also import ready-made simulations from expert contributors in fire safety and training.
  • Capture Video: Capture video directly from within the app (iOS only currently). Upload files from mobile devices to your department’s training website.
  • Sharing: Copy your simulations to another device or save them to shared folders or Dropbox. Collaborate on specific training projects. (Network Edition only)

The app is available in a variety of formats for different operating systems. Learn more at the SimUshare website today!

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Simulation Moulage — Should You Be Using It?

burn moulage

“Train as you Fight.” — United States Army

Today comes an article from Moulage Expert Bobbie Merica on Carolina’s Fire Journal on the introduction and reasons behind utilizing moulage in your medical simulations. You can use such an article to help demonstrate to other clinical educators or administrators why they should invest in your moulage training! Check out the link to Bobbie’s Moulage Recipe book which is a MUST-HAVE for every medical simulation library.


The addition of Moulage creates realistic field training exercises that mimic responder and victim situational responses that are specialized to training outcomes, including:

  • Pediatric specific field triage
  • Elderly and immune-compromised
  • Pathologic patient conditions
  • Veterinarians
  • Wound identification and closure

Moulage, when integrated into the simulated exercise, creates a powerful training modality that enhances live actor and human patient simulator events. The use of interactive, odorous, three-dimensional wounds such as hemorrhages, wound debridement, suturing capabilities, decontamination and realistic triage heightens the field experience by providing enhanced assessment, injury recognition, supportive decision-making, realism, and retention and stress inoculation.

“Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time.”— George Bernard Shaw

Another reason to add moulage to the training scenario: Current research estimates anywhere from 50 to 90 percent of all communication is non-verbal, thus proper assessment, triage, acuity and training is often dependent on the accurate use of four of the five senses; that which must be seen, felt, heard and even smelled.

The addition of moulage highlights areas for growth by assisting the team in identifying shortfalls in current patient coding, acuity levels and wound staging based on individual and team assessment. Additionally, skilled use of primary and accessory moulage can illuminate areas for risk reduction through quality advancement identifiers such as highlighting strengths and weaknesses involving wound recognition, stabilization, standardization and triage management on both an individual and team building events. The addition of moulage to the training paradigm can provide life-saving exposure of system vulnerabilities creating a segue between multiple responders, systems and triage points.

Read my review of Bobbie’s Medical Moulage Recipe Book and Read the rest of this article on the website!

Extrication Simulated Training System

extrication simulator

Back at El Camino Fire Academy we were lucky to have some junked cars on the drill yard to practice victim extrication and window glass breaking. Problem was we had no way of flipping the vehicles to practice advanced skill sets. I just saw this simulation training system for EMS personnel and knew I had to share it!

This is a “one of a kind patented patient extrication device”, that won an EMS World Innovation Award in 2013!

Product Features:

  • Simulate patient removal and treatment from a motor vehicle accident.
  • Device separates and is mobile, so it can be placed inside the training room.
  • “Glass Breaking device” practice breaking out tempered glass safely and with no mess.
  • Seatbelt cutting simulator allows for repeated hands on experience.
  • Prybox simulator lets you practice your technique for extrication.

Learn more about the Sweet Extrication Training System!

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Driving Simulators – The Real Deal

When I attended El Camino Fire Academy we had a couple of old engines we used for driving and pumping water in the “yard”.  Before cutting the new recruits loose on these massive vehicles, our instructors took us out to the local race track so we could learn how they handled.  We practiced S-turns, parking, reversing, and emergency stopping.

Fire Driving Simulator

While it was a great way to learn the handling of the Engine, instructors were limited to the various learning situations they could create with cones in the parking lot and the small size of the drill yard.  One thing we definitely would not have opportunity to practice during our 10-week course was advanced emergency driving on public city streets.  What we needed, was a computer simulator to learn the ropes of emergency response driving.

Enter the EMS WORLD EXPO, which I attended about a month ago here in Las Vegas.  It was a fantastic expo with a huge number of learning courses and a great showcase of industry products & services.  While walking the showroom floor, I was thrilled to come across two companies with advanced computer emergency driving simulators – “FAAC” and “Simulation Technology”.  Welcome to the future of driving education!


FAAC driving simulators

I first sat down with Robert Raheb to check out FAAC’s LE-1500 law enforcement series driving simulator.  With 5 massive flatscreens the entire simulator surrounded the field of view of the learner.  While the graphics were not “state-of-the-art” battlefield 3 quality, the representation of the driving environment was indeed life-like.  Robert provided a run-down of the features FAAC simulators utilized:

  • Accurate replication of driving compartment
  • Crown Vic or Charger real dash layouts
  • Realistic handling/steering fidelity
  • Immersive and dynamic environment
  • Geometrically correct virtual world perspective.

With a push of a button on his iPhone, Robert could provide an external perspective to my vehicle demonstrating how instructors could change angles to better communicate situational awareness.  With another button, Robert changed the weather of our scenario from bright and sunny to dark and rainy – explaining that now the tires would skid if I punched it too hard. Of course, FAAC has a whole line of models for your specific emergency training AND municipal needs.

FAAC has a complete range of driving simulators from military, fire/ems, police, public transit, airport driving and more.

Make sure to check out Robert’s white paper entitled “Creating Return on Investment: How One EMS Department Used Simulation to Reduce Liability and Create Systemic Change in its EVOC Program“.  In the paper, Robert suggests that “by introducing students to the unique hazards associated with operating an emergency vehicle in a variety of situations, the program was able to provide real-life experience in a controlled environment that is repeatable, recordable, and immediately available for playback, critique, and instruction”. Learn more about FAAC.

Simulation Technology

Simulation Driving Company

Next I met with Darren Basch from Simulation Technology, a newer company that also had a complete line of driving simulators for emergency and municipal needs.  I was really impressed by their full fire engine cab demo model that was lifted and complete with pump controls, which brought back memories of fire academy.  I was surprised to learn the entire five-screen system was run off just one high-level PC!

Simulation Technology Drive Simulator

Darren put me through a drive course before letting me loose on a Fire response call.  While on the test course, Darren could quickly change the vehicle I was test-driving without needing to reload the entire system – so we could quickly compare skill needs between different vehicles.  When I was put into the response call, motorcycles would cross my engine out of nowhere, trucks would complicate my path-finding and rain would make my field-of-view harder to see. Interestingly, on-screen mirrors reflected what was behind the engine which allowed me to constantly check my physical surroundings as best I could.

Driving Simulator from SimTech

Driving Simulators from Simulation Technology included these unique features:

  • Custom cabs to drive the same cabs you drive every day.
  • Real vehicle dynamics that enable advanced skills training.
  • Actual integration of Manufacturer’s physics data, providing accurate vehicle dynamics.
  • 230 degree field-of-view perspective.
  • Single PC system

Simulation Technology also provides custom Mobile classroom trailers that can house various simulators so your classroom can move to anywhere you need it!  Learn more about Simulation Technology.

The Future

Just like in healthcare simulation with manikins and high-fidelity environments, advanced technology allows for an additional step in the traditional training model: see one, simulate one, do one, and teach one.  It was a lot of fun to sit down with both FAAC and Simulation Technology and learn about the future of driving simulation.