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The Modern Way of Training Situation Awareness: Virtual Reality for Firefighters

Chiu, Chen Yu (2020) The Modern Way of Training Situation Awareness: Virtual Reality for Firefighters.

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Abstract:Topic and Research question- Firefighters training usually takes a great amount of time to equip the firefighters with the skills needed. Thus, the firefighters’ department hope to find another effective way to train their firefighters. The current study aims at investigating the effectiveness of virtual reality in the context of firefighters training. The main research question is ‘Can training with virtual reality increase firefighters’ situational awareness when coping with traffic accidents?’ The research question was answered using two predictors, ‘number of observed scenarios’ and ‘number of action scenarios’ as independent variables and three levels of situational awareness as dependent variables. Two moderators ‘Technology Acceptance’ and ‘years of experience’ are included to investigate whether the growth rate of Situation Awareness can be explained by personal characteristics. Method - The research design includes both a quantitative design and a qualitative design. Ten firefighters from the region of Twente airport participated in answering the questionnaires while three participants from the same group participated in a semi-structured interview. The questionnaire data was analyzed using SPSS and tested by linear regression. The interview was collected at the firehouse where the interviewees worked. The data was analyzed using the thematic network analysis. Results and Conclusion-The results show that observation in VR training has a positive influence on firefighters’ SA growth while being in action has partial positive influence on firefighters’ SA growth. The study contributes to further understanding of VR training effectiveness. Meanwhile, a positive view toward VR training is provided to the firefighter department.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Firefighter department, Twente region, The Netherlands
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:70 social sciences in general
Programme:Educational Science and Technology MSc (60023)
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