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Virtual Reality Training Tool Pits Emergency Rescue Teams Against Computerized Terrorist Attack

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September 27, 1999
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Sandia National Laboratories
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Soon emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and firefighters may be able to practice responding to terrorist attacks using a virtual reality (VR) training tool under development at the Department of Energy's Sandia National Laboratories.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.-- In the emergencies of tomorrow--when rescue personnel may need to triage and treat mass casualties following release of a nerve agent in a shopping mall, theme park, or subway, for instance--there will be no second chances. Rescuers who become victims of a terrorist attack can't save lives. Soon emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and firefighters may be able to practice responding to such attacks using a virtual reality (VR) training tool under development at the Department of Energy's Sandia National Laboratories. Sandia computer scientists have combined seven years of virtual reality research into BioSimMER, a VR application that immerses first responders in a 3-D computer-simulated setting--a small airport in which a biological warfare agent has been dispersed following a terrorist bombing. Simulated casualties with a variety of symptoms are found throughout the airport.


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