Firefighters are the role-model of modern heroes: a brave life safer in emergency situations. This positive image is tested each day and sometimes to the limit. Firefighters are all-rounders, rescuers, of persons and goods, and team-players. A wrong or slow response can set human lives at risk. To respond and react to emergencies accordingly, in a timely and a professional manner, firefighters need to be up to date. This helps them to catch up with the increased methodological, strategic and technical demands of modern firefighting.
Technological developments allow firefighters to immerse in more realistic training environments, by using visual aids, such as Augmented Reality or Smart glasses. This provides guidance and training for developing reasonable response strategies for several emergency situations.
Neither the technological nor the pedagogical benefits of immersive technologies have been tested so far, for firefighters training in the EU. The application in a training environment creates an immersive work or rescue environment. It responds to tendencies for a modern training, in the context of a professional training 4.0 / VET 4.0.
FIGHTARs, as a transnational project, aims to prioritise specific skills/competences for an immersive rescue environment in firefighters training, by providing guidance concerning pedagogical suitable options (didactic value added) as well as by developing, testing, evaluating and transferring several digital enriched training scenarios (“training toolkit”). This helps to create scenario-specific and personal training for firefighters in the piloting EU countries in CZ, LT, SK, EE, DE and CY. The applied methodology, to manager FIGHTARs, includes relevant measures of planning, executing, monitoring, controlling and closing activities.
Further objectives are:
– to support practical learning with new technologies, taught in self-learning and during cooperative sessions (70:20:10 rule)
– to facilitate schools for training materials for equipment, which is too expensive or dangerous in real life to promote professional, social and media skills among firefighters
– to attract young persons to the firefighter’s profession
– to spark interest for a sustainable exploitation and dissemination of FIGHTARs, also after the project
The project will develop, test, evaluate and transfer didactic guidelines for using immersive/digital technologies in firefighters training (IO1) as well as tailor-made learning scenarios (IO2), for using e-learning modules combined with AR and 360° video. To institutionalise it excellence centres for immersive firefighters training (IO3) will be established to cater the local and regional, specific training demands.