Training first responders for public safety using modeling, simulation, and visualization


Magnus Morin,Johan Jenvald,Mirko Thorstensson


Training is extremely important to establish and tune an effective and efficient response system capable of handling new threats to public safety. The paper characterizes the unique conditions for training responders from multiple agencies within separate jurisdictions. Examples from four full-scale emergency response exercises cover weapons of mass-destruction, urban environments, and political violence. In each such live simulation exercise, computer tools based on modeling and visualization supported feedback and evaluation to promote effective cross-organizational learning.