How the Cosumnes Fire Department incorporated virtual reality into training

Detailing the complementary nature of immersive learning with more traditional training in an academy setting

In this episode of the Side Alpha Podcast, Fire Chief Marc Bashoor speaks with Kirk McKinzie, a fire captain (ret.) with the Cosumnes Fire Department, and Cosumnes Firefighter Justin Quarisa about their experience bringing immersive learning to the California fire department, how it complemented the department's hands-on training, and what's next for smart firefighting concepts.


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