BATON ROUGE, LA – Simulation training has increased in importance in the fire service in recent years. The latest department to add this capability is Baton Rouge’s St. George Fire Protection District.
The simulator will be purchased using a $196,000 grant awarded through FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighter Grant Program. It has various scenarios where other drivers run red lights in front of the truck or won’t pull over so the fire truck can pass.
Curently, St. George will only allow those going through driver training to drive in parking lots. New drivers must go through 40 hours of training, and every driver has to get 12 hours of training annually. However, none of this training is conducted at emergency speeds.
The district expects to house the unit at its headquarters.
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