Madison Fire & Rescue unveiled their Virtual Reality fire education program called F.A.S.T, Fire And Safety Technology Trailer. The trailer is outfitted with twelve kiosks for both kids and adults to engage in a virtual reality situation, to be used at City events and schools. The program steps the user through different fire safety scenarios, catering towards their home type (single story, multi-level, apartment, etc.). Based on national and local fire data, the experiences give participants relevant information and tools that could save their lives.
"Over the last 12 months we have worked hard to change the way we do fire safety education in our community, and to set a new standard for ourselves. VR allows participants to immerse themselves in the experience, use more learning styles and retain more of the lifesaving information." Says Michael Sedlacek, Captain of Community Relations.
Madison Fire and Rescue's C.R.R.U (Community Risk Reduction Unit) is paving the way for safety education in the United States by introducing Virtual Reality as a fire safety tool, one of the first fire departments in the country to do so. The trailer will be available for community use during the Madison Street Festival coming up this October.