Virtual Reality Training for Complex Emergency Scenarios

Emergency management and response organizations are looking for new ways to train their staff.

Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) offer a way to do this in an immersive,

interactive environment that is unlike anything else out there.

AR/VR offers the opportunity to create scenarios with more realism than ever before,
which can help emergency management build better, faster, and much cheaper training strategies.

The ATS HERO Platform enables the team trainers to have performance analytics to ensure all team members are hitting their marks and mission-ready.
If you’re interested in exploring how AR/VR can be used by your organization or want to find out more about our products please contact us today! We would love to show you what we have been doing for other agencies across the world so far!  Click here now if you’re ready to explore how this could benefit your agency!


by Augmented Training Systems:

  • Mass Casualty Incidents


  • Incident Command (Coming Soon)

  • Active Shooter (Coming Soon)

  • Use Of Force (Coming Soon)

Mass Casualty Incident training

Co-developed with the Austin/Travis County EMS

3d Mass casualty incident bus crash scene with debris and emergency vehicles on scene

START Triage VR Training for Mass Casualty Incidents (MCI)

A virtual reality training simulation for mass casualty incidents (MCI) provides the user with an immersive, interactive environment in order to improve their time management and decision-making skills.

The system was developed by Dr. Scott Smith, Dr. George Koutitas, and Professor Grayson Lawrence of Augmented Training Systems, who have been working on augmented and virtual reality training over the last decade across a spectrum of use cases from user experience design, psychological trauma management, and wearable technology integration.

Virtual reality training for complex emergency situations is increasingly necessary in the modern world, with more and more medical emergencies happening all over the globe. Triage VR offers a virtual environment where users are put into realistic scenarios like those they would face during an MCI to give them soft skills training that can translate back into the real-life physical world.

The innovative start triage virtual reality MCI training program is used to train individuals in emergency medical procedures by placing them into a simulated environment.

The realistic and immersive graphics, wounds, and animations allow for an immersive experience with lifelike realism. The highly detailed solutions can be completed anywhere without setup time required and the full range of realistic injuries make this perfect for anyone wanting to get a head start on this technique of treatment.

AMBUS VR training

Co-developed with the Austin/Travis County EMS

virtual reality training compliment traditional training methods

Ambulance Bus (AMBUS) VR Training

The current training systems are out-dated and require a lot of time, effort, and money to be spent on their maintenance.

AMBUS is a virtual reality solution that allows for the development of skills in an immersive environment with real life scenarios. It can also serve as a platform for developing new training modules by using existing data from actual emergency calls. This tool will allow EMS personnel to train more efficiently and effectively while reducing costs at the same time.

Our VR Training System is designed to provide advanced simulation capabilities both in terms of visual quality and interaction experience (realistic physics).

Trainees, do you want to learn how to drive an ambulance bus?

AMBUS Virtual Reality Training is the most innovative and affordable way to train. We offer unlimited training time for individual trainees as well as repeatable training in increasing difficulties. Individual, trackable training analytics are available through our HERO Platform. You can also get your hands on this new technology at a fraction of the cost of traditional onsite training.

The best part about AMBUS virtual simulations is that it’s so easy! All you need is a VR headset, and you’re ready to go! It’s perfect for those who don’t have access to an ambulance bus or those who just want more practice before they start driving one professionally.

Incident Command Virtual Reality training

More to come on co-development organization

Incident Command Virtual Reality

Incident Command Virtual Reality

The Incident Command System is a widely used standard for organizing emergency response efforts. This system includes multiple levels of command, as well as various positions and responsibilities within the command structure.

Emergency responders have to deal with chaotic situations all too often. It’s important that they know how to respond quickly and effectively in order to save lives and minimize damage.

Many incident commanders may not have the experience or knowledge to develop their modern training strategy. Sometimes they feel overwhelmed at how to set up and organize a command center that only provides the relevant information required to make quick, efficient, and effective decisions during a crisis incident.

An incident commander should not have to stress about trusting the information that is provided or whether they can be confident in the information they may need to share upwards and outwards.

At Augmented Training Systems, we are creating a virtual reality experience where you can learn the basics of incident command by experiencing it firsthand instead of just reading about it or watching videos online. You’ll be able to see how this works in practice so you can apply these skills on the job when dealing with real incidents, saving time and potentially even lives!

Until this new virtual reality training is available, you can expand your knowledge by learning from our CEO, Scott MacLeod, who shares his practical how-to knowledge on how to develop a Common Operating Picture.

Active Shooter Virtual Reality training

More to come on co-development organization

Active Shooter virtual reality training

Active Shooter Virtual Reality Training

Active shooter incidents have increased in frequency and severity. The average response time of law enforcement is 3 minutes, but these events happen in an average of 90 seconds.

Lack of training for first responders has resulted in a higher number of casualties. With the correct training, you can save lives by responding quickly to active shooter incidents.

At Augmented Training Systems, we are developing an advanced virtual reality simulation solution. Our simulations are designed based on real-world data from actual active shooter situations and include different scenarios with numerous variables to train your team how to respond best during an incident involving gunfire at their location or another location nearby. By using our experience-based lessons learned approach, we guarantee your teams will be better prepared than ever before when dealing with this type of situation so they can save more lives!

Until this new virtual reality training is available, you can expand your knowledge by learning from our CEO, Scott MacLeod, who shares his practical how-to knowledge on how to develop a Common Operating Picture.

Use Of Force Virtual Reality training

More to come on co-development organization

Active Shooter virtual reality training

Use Of Force Virtual Reality Training

Most law enforcement agencies have policies that dictate their use of force. These policies describe an escalating series of actions police officers may take to resolve a situation. This continuum generally has many levels, with officers instructed to respond with the appropriate level of force for the situation they are facing.

The use of force decisions are never easy. Both the officer and suspect can be seriously injured or killed during a use of force situation.

Law enforcement agencies across the country are looking for ways to improve their training programs while also reducing liability insurance costs. They need more realistic training options that reduce injuries without spending thousands on equipment upgrades, facility improvements, and new hires.

At Augmented Training Systems, we are developing a Use of Force Virtual Reality Training as an affordable option for law enforcement agencies to train officers in virtual reality before they ever step foot inside a real-world scenario with live ammunition involved. Our VR simulator allows them to learn how to make split-second decisions regarding force safely within a virtual environment, so when they do have to respond in real life, it’s muscle memory at its best!

Until this new virtual reality training is available, you can expand your knowledge by learning from our CEO, Scott MacLeod, who shares his practical how-to knowledge on how to develop a Common Operating Picture.

VR Training: Build Better, Faster and More Cost Efficient

Virtual reality simulation has been around for a while now, but many emergency response agencies are just starting to explore the potential of training in a virtual environment.

With a simulation environment that is immersive and interactive like never before, it’s no wonder why more and more people in emergency management and response organizations want to incorporate this technology into their daily lives. Some of these agencies have partnered with Augmented Training Systems to develop new AR/VR offers that can help emergency management build better, faster, and much cheaper training strategies than ever before. Virtual environments allow for live complex training scenarios to be accessible in an advanced disaster management simulator offering mixed reality options to safely introduce stress with virtual simulation that can prevent trauma while overcoming limiting logistics in a way not seen in traditional training.

Mass Casualty Incident training in particular has been designed to teach the emergency medicine skills needed for triage, patient assessment, and treatment in a high-stress environment. Providing this training in an immersive vr training experience transforms teaching emergency response skills. This type of virtual environment accessed through a virtual training platform is an essential part of the modern approach to responder safety and preparedness with variable crash scenes, hundreds of patients, and infinite scenarios.

What are some of the benefits of VR based training?

  • Reduce the time and cost burden of live complex incident training
  • Safely introduce stress and prevent trauma during disaster training
  • Overcome limiting logistics with immersive and repeatable VR based training
  • Real-time data feedback to validate individual and team readiness
  • Flexibility for team training anywhere, anytime with anyone
  • Better training outcomes across disciplines with a modern training strategy

Immersive VR provides repeated training saving tons of money

The cost savings

Leveraging virtual reality for disaster response training also offers significant cost savings over traditional in-person scenarios which involve travel, lodging, and other expenses. The cost savings also extend to the training facilities by eliminating the need for expenses such as training vehicles, equipment, multiple manikins, or specialized scene setup that mimic disaster areas. Even emergency operation centers can be simulated.

Safely introduce stress and avoid trauma

As technology has advanced, it’s been increasingly used to treat PTSD and other mental health issues. A realistic VR simulation for disaster preparedness provides an outlet for these individuals to confront and process their trauma without the real-world consequences. This can be used by veterans as well – many of whom suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health issues that are triggered by exposure to traumatic events. This is critical when considering how many veterans pursue second careers as EMTs, firefighters, and police officers.

Learn to manage stress in training session with immersive environment incorporated
Using virtual reality for any emergency situation

Overcome Logistics Roadblocks

Another advantage of virtual reality is its potential to offer remote training opportunities that were previously not possible. The ability to train in different locations means that agencies can bring their personnel together for the training without having to travel across long distances. With the Oculus Rift and other head mounted displays, agencies have a variety of virtual environments that offer realistic training scenarios including natural disasters. Participants walk through real-life simulations of real life drills without ever leaving their current location.

The opportunity for real-time feedback

In contrast, traditional methods such as manikins or actors performing parts provide little assistance during a vr training simulation and offer no way of knowing if the trainee conducted the tasks efficiently and effectively unless directly observed by experienced training personnel. This can lead to a self perceived disaster readiness. Yet, there is high subjectivity and potential for error which ultimately affects the confidence of the trainee and training leader as to the actual readiness even after spending tremendous amounts of time, effort and money.

Improve critical thinking and technical capabilities
User paced presentation material with virtual objects

Customized for specific scenarios and agency requirements

Another benefit is that AR and VR training can be customized to provide specific scenarios for those who are interested in specific types of emergency scenarios, from EMS professionals and firefighters to military personnel as well as veterans with occupations outside these fields. As we work with early adopters of virtual reality training willing to collaborate to build each new training scenario, these become available to include in your VR training system as immersive virtual reality simulation via a head mounted display or web based training. The VR technology enables further customization to your specific agency and team needs going far beyond conventional training methods and often overcoming geographical and organizational divides.

Adopt a modern training strategy

The use of VR and AR for emergency simulation is a demonstrable way to improve efficiency, effectiveness, and cost-effectiveness. It is time for commanders and training directors to explore the benefits that can be achieved through this innovation in training. Adopting AR/VR into your training strategy for complex environments has the potential to greatly impact your training of emergency responders in how to handle complex, chaotic scenarios. Response teams can now rehearse procedures in an environment that is as close to reality as possible without risking the safety or lives of those who will be performing these duties on actual missions. Take a deeper look into 6 considerations for adopting virtual reality in first responder training.

modern training strategy includes technical capabilities ranging across mixed delivery methods