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DHS S&T to Present New First Responders Virtual Training Program

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Newswire—Washington—On June 28, a live stream video of the new Enhanced Dynamic Geo-Social Environment (EDGE) virtual training program will be demonstrated by The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate.

EDGE is an multiplayer, online platform designed to train first responders on coordinated critical incident response. A free release of the first training situation, involving an active shooter scenario located in a hotel, will be available for emergency response agencies starting June 26.

EDGE is powered by Unreal gaming engine, a framework that provides the functionality of other popular video games like Bioshock and Mortal Kombat. This creates a complex virtual environment for first responders to role-play collectively in life-like training scenarios. The goal is to improve collaboration within agencies to reduce the amount of lost lives and injuries.

FRG, S&T’s First Responders Group, worked with the U.S. Army Research Laboratory’s Simulation and Training Technology Center and Cole Engineering Services, Inc. to create this program. These two groups will come together with participating first responders to help run the presentation and answer any questions from attending press.
 

Below is detailed information on this event:

Wednesday, June 28, 2017:

1:00-2:00 p.m. EDT — DHS S&T will host a media-only demonstration of the EDGE virtual training for active shooter scenarios

YouTube Live Stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMVkK0GdAfE

(To participate in the chat function, you will need to log in to YouTube)

Dial-In: 888-957-9877, PIN: 4468692

OPEN PRESS

  • Milt Nenneman, EDGE Program Manager, S&T FRG
  • Tami Griffith, EDGE Lead, Army Research Laboratory
  • Bob Walker, EDGE Program Manager, Cole Engineering Services, Inc.

 Please contact first.responder@hq.dhs.gov for additional information or to RSVP for the event.

 

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