Maricopa County's Scottsdale Community College Partners with Simulation Technology to Introduce Driver Simulator Training into their Public Safety Educational Programs
Scottsdale, AZ – Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) is no stranger to implementing the latest technologies into their training programs. Comprised of ten colleges, two skill centers, and numerous education centers dedicated to educational excellence, the MCCCD is an excellent candidate for incorporating cutting-edge driver training technology into their public safety programs.
Scottsdale Community College (SCC), one of the ten colleges in the MCCCD, will be taking ownership of three first responder driving simulators developed and manufactured by Simulation Technology. The driving simulators consist of a Spartan MetroStar Fire Apparatus, a Chrysler Dodge Charger Law Enforcement, and a Ford E-Series EMS Ambulance. A 28' mobile classroom trailer, which can house two driving sims at a time, will also be available to go on-site to customer and student facilities as needed.
These driving simulators have the actual cockpits of the vehicles surrounded by five 46” ultra-thin bezel-LCD screens giving a true 230 degree field-of-view to the student. This combination integrates the vehicle's exact spatial geometry from the driver's eye point to create an actual view of the entire vehicle cockpit. While driving the simulator, the students are fully immersed in the driving experience, with "the feel of the road” being provided by low frequency vibration generators, advanced steering feedback controls and even ABS braking.
The driving simulation systems provide unparalleled learning opportunities in a safe and efficient learning environment. The Scottsdale Community College trainers are using the driving sims for teaching decision making as well as reinforcing vehicle handling skills and tactics in conjunction with their track and classroom training.
M.D. Clark, SCC - Program Director of Fire Science/EMT, and a Captain for Scottsdale Fire Department, comments, "These state-of-the-art driving sims bring valuable driver training instruction to all ranks of the fire service, especially current and future drivers/operators. They allow us to put students into specific driving situations we could not replicate while training on the road or track. They also provide excellent refresher training for even the most experienced drivers/operators. We see these sims enhancing our current curriculum, and know that we will be building programs and courses around the educational experience these new tools will provide.”
Jason D'Eliso, SCC Fire Science Technology Coordinator, also a Captain with the Scottsdale Fire Department stated, "We've known for some time that driving simulators could become an important part of our driver/operator training programs. We've been carefully observing and evaluating the available technologies as they've matured for a number of years. Today, with the advancements in realistic vehicle dynamics that Simulation Technology's single-computer systems provide, we can realize the benefits of simulation training used by the military and aviation for years. We are ecstatic to have the opportunity for the SCC team to contribute our years of experience in curriculum development and hands-on training to this growing industry.”
Simulation Technology President Todd Williams adds, "...We are honored that Scottsdale Community College and the MCCCD have chosen to partner with Simulation Technology in the development of their driver simulation training programs. We're providing vital training tools to help first responders safely and inexpensively prepare themselves for the decisions--and attendant dangers--they face every day in the course of their jobs. You couldn't ask for a better job than putting together high technology driver training systems, based on real-world experience, in partnership with the educational driver experts at Scottsdale Community College and throughout the Maricopa County Community College District."
Captain Jason D'Eliso will be teaching a driving simulator intro class at Firehouse World in San Diego, in conjunction with Simulation Technology, February 28 – March 2 on the exhibit floor in the Hot Box. Attendance is first come, first seated. One can make reservations for the classes by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. Mr. D'Eliso will be splashing Scottsdale CC's new simulators during the driving simulator classes and in the Spartan Chassis booth for the Driver Sim Rodeo Competition and demos. Check www.FirehouseWorld.com for class times and information.
About Scottsdale Community College
SCC is a two-year college with student enrollment numbering 10,000 each semester with 3,000 additional students enrolled in special-interest, non-credit courses. In addition to traditional programs of study, including university transfer and career programs, SCC offers continuing education for practicing professionals, developmental education, and English as a Second Language. SCC's Business Institute, located in North Scottsdale, serves as a resource to individuals seeking streamlined business courses as well as to local businesses seeking customized training.
SCC's Fire Science Curriculum offers a variety of courses leading to both a certificate and degree in this specialized field. It is designed for students who desire advanced training as professional firefighters, basic preparation for a career in fire science, or better understanding of fire hazards.
For more information, please go to: www.scottsdalecc.edu
About Simulation Technology
Simulation Technology is a leading developer and builder of driver training simulators focused on the first responder market. Simulation Technology's training systems utilize actual vehicle cockpits and incorporate a minimum 230 degree field-of-view in their wrap-around array of LCD displays. This industry-leading hardware design includes the reliability and portability of a single-PC operating system and is complemented by simple, user-friendly software controls that combine to deliver the most precise vehicle dynamics available. The company is a privately held firm with headquarters near Chicago, in Elburn, Illinois. For more information, please go to: www.sim-tech.us
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