ETC’s Simulation Division Awarded Contract by Netherlands Institute for Safety to Deliver Disaster Management Training Simulations for European Up Safety Project
Southampton, PA, October 14, 2010 — Environmental Tectonics Corporation’s (OTC Bulletin Board: ETCC) (“ETC” or the “Company”) Simulation Division, located in Orlando, FL, USA, today announced the signing of a contract with the Netherlands Institute for Safety (NIFV) to deliver additional simulations for their NIFV-ADMS system, including a road tunnel, a metro station, and an underground parking garage. These specific virtual training environments will be used as a tool in the Education-Training-Exercise (ETE) program for European facility workers and incident command teams.
Following a thorough selection process and a unanimous decision, NIFV was awarded a contract by the European Up Safety steering committee to provide the Advanced Disaster Management Simulator (ADMS™) for the European Up Safety project. NIFV, a leader in emergency management training, houses the Crisis Management Academy, Fire Academy, Emergency Medical Academy, Academy for Leadership Safety Regions, and a Research Department. Since 2001, NIFV has trained over 10,000 first responders and incident commanders on their customized ADMS, which consists of over 25 stations and geo-specific environments. Additionally, NIFV has successfully implemented a program to allow other Dutch organizations, including the Fire Brigade of Amsterdam and the Royal Netherlands Air Force, to lease their ADMS in an effort to enhance their existing training programs.
Up Safety is a three year project designed to increase the safety of underground structures through the education and training of facility workers and responders with the support of the ADMS. This multi-national project includes distinguished partners from the Netherlands (Province of Zeeland, N.V. Westerschelde Tunnel, and Falck AVD Group), Germany (STUVA), Belgium (Fire Brigade Ghent), Romania (General Inspectorate for Emergency Situations), and Spain (Amberg Infraestructuras S.A.). The Up Safety project is co-funded by a grant from the European Union, Civil Protection Commission.
The goal of the Up Safety project is to develop and deliver three ETE programs for these underground, high-risk areas. During the course of the project, workshops will be organized in which all partners will have the opportunity to contribute to the development and delivery of the ETE-program. Input from their expert network will be gathered, tested by civil protection organizations, and evaluated before presentation to a group consisting of European training institutes and the Disaster Management Training Network. Training sessions for instructors and incident command teams are initially expected to be held in the Netherlands and Switzerland through the year 2011, with additional training sessions throughout Europe as they are requested.
“We are very proud of winning the contract for this important European project”, stated Wim Papperse, Director of NIFV, “This project fits perfectly with our mission and validates our role of being an authoritative center of competence in preparing professionals for incidents, crises, and disasters. Our professional trainer/consultants – Eric Didderen and Piet Schneider – will support the Up Safety ETE-project and virtual reality simulation sessions. We are confident we can count on ETC to provide us on-time the simulations needed.”
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