Assessment of Web-Based Interactive Game System Methodology for Dissemination and Diffusion to Improve Firefighter Safety and Wellness

Report Date: February 2015

While there is much great fire knowledge generated from firefighter experience and research, finding a means to best disseminate this information to firefighters is a challenge. Challenges to traditional training include shift schedules and responses for on-duty firefighters, time outside of full-time work for part-time or volunteer firefighters, funding for training, and the ability to reach firefighters across the globe. This project assesses the efficacy of computer-based interactive game-like training as compared to traditional classroom training for firefighters. For the assessment, NYU-Poly’s ALIVE (Advanced Learning in Integrated Visual Environments) was used. More information on the ALIVE training modules can be found here. The results show that knowledge transfer and retention across various levels of firefighting experience was better with the interactive training than with traditional classroom training. This provides a good model that can be used effectively in addition to other training in all types of fire departments around the world.

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  • NYU-Poly Fire Research Group

    The NYU-Poly Fire Research Group is part of the New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering. An alliance between Polytechnic, the nation’s second oldest private engineering school, and NYU, the largest private university in the United States, will result in broader, more valuable opportunities for students of New York and the nation, and will allow each of our institutions to more successfully meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Wener, Richard, Prabodh Panindre, Sunil Kumar, Irina Feygina, Erik Smith, James Dalton, and Ulysses Seal. Assessment of Web-Based Interactive Game System Methodology for Dissemination and Diffusion to Improve Firefighter Safety and Wellness. Volume 72 of Fire Safety Journal, pp. 59-67. 2015. Accessed from http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0379711215000156.

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