Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Unveils New Fire Truck Simulator

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue’s (MDFR) Training Division recently took delivery of a state-of-the-art driving simulator. MDFR is the first and only fire rescue department in Miami-Dade County and the first in the United States to own the Doron 660 Driver Simulator. This technology will allow firefighters to enhance their driving skills as well as increase their confidence when operating fire apparatus.

The Doron 660 can simulate 102 different computer-generated scenarios and allows the instructor to modify and customize each one via a computer console. The simulator is encased in a life-size fire apparatus shell fully equipped with lights and sirens. Firefighters can respond to situations ranging from driving in the rain at night to a barn fire to responding to a plane crash on a busy highway in the snow. The simulator can also test braking reaction times and evasion maneuvers. The new simulator will allow drivers to operate a fire apparatus in a controlled, safe environment without the fuel consumption and wear and tear that comes with training on the road.

MDFR is not the only fire department to benefit from this simulator. A regional training program has been implemented to allow all municipal fire rescue departments within Miami-Dade County, FL, to use the Doron 660. The simulator was purchased through a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

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