ETC Simulation Delivered Three Disaster Scenarios to Saudi Arabia Civil Defence
Southampton, PA, USA, March 1, 2012 – Environmental Tectonics Corporation’s (“ETC” or the “Company”) Simulation Division, located in Orlando, FL, announces the delivery of three additional disaster training scenarios to Saudi Arabia Civil Defence, as part of a multi-year contract with the Ministry of Interior of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The scenarios are installed on the ADMS-Command virtual reality training systems being used at several Civil Defence Training Institutes. The ADMS systems, which were translated in Arabic, include specific evaluation, scoring, and record-keeping components to train and assess individuals and teams according to national standards. The three virtual scenarios, located in a 20 km2 typical Saudi environment, are flooding, mountain rescue, and a chemical factory.
ETC Simulation’s President, Marco van Wijngaarden, said, “We appreciate the opportunity to work with the Saudi Civil Defence. The scenarios are designed in close cooperation with Civil Defence Institute’s Subject Matter Experts to ensure that the simulated emergencies and disasters fully meet training objectives and prepare students to be successful on the job. With these simulations, they will be able to gain experience and confidence in order to be mission-ready for the real event.”
The flooding scenario is aimed to train procedures and incident command for deep water and swift water rescue. The scenario simulates a flash flood of a city area with the water flowing from a mountain area. Trainees can deploy boats, divers, search teams, select personal protective equipment and a variety of ropes and tactics for search and rescue. Training staff can alter the water depth and speed, and select the number and location of victims in order to create training scenarios from simple to complex.
The chemical factory scenario consists of several buildings, tanks and pipelines containing hazardous materials. Training staff has the ability to create fresh scenarios using the Scenario Generator, and select several substances for the tanks. The substances behave realistically when these are released, including plume model, spills with evaporation, and the affect on people’s health. The Incident Command trainee has several options to mitigate the situation such as switching pumps, activating sprinklers, and deploying teams in chemical suits to disperse the hazmat clouds with water, to fight fires, or to use measuring equipment.
The mountain rescue scenario includes an environment with a deep cliff and sloped terrain, where instructors can create situations involving car crashes, multiple victims, and grassland fire. Incident Command trainees are able to send teams and equipment down the mountainside using different rope techniques. The rescue victims are brought uphill using ropes and stretchers and can be transported for medical care by either helicopter or ambulance.
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