EAEA GRUNDTVIG AWARD 2017. The Security Centre in Belarus uses virtual environment to educate general public about safety issues.
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To prevent the population from injuries in everyday life, the training centre “Security Centre” has created a virtual environment in which the trainee is given the opportunity to immerse themselves into the environment of a virtual emergency. As the topic of public safety was very topical, the centre was created to tackle this issue.
Training takes place in eight interactive sites: fire safety in the living quarters, rules of conduct during disasters, rules of conduct in the forest, rules for calling rescue services, primary firefighting equipment and safe evacuation from a smoke-filled room, first aid rules, and radiation security.
Throughout the whole process the participant is accompanied by a virtual character who teaches them how to behave correctly in order not to get into emergency situations.
A separate area of the centre is reserved for a simulator that develops the skill of calling the rescue service for the trainees. During the process, the trainee will have to cope with different situations, from using fire extinguishers to extinguish virtual ignition to measuring the level of radiation in a room affected by the Chernobyl accident. Adults are also taught how to help victims in various situations and test ways of providing first aid.
Often in an emergency situation, despite the huge amount of theoretical knowledge on providing first aid and knowledge in terms of rules of conduct and actions in case of an emergency case, a huge part of the population still cannot put this knowledge into practice. Therefore, thanks to the great amount of visual material shown to trainees at the Security Centre, learners gained skills for preventing injuries in everyday life and obtained practical skills for safe behaviour in society.
Text: Lou-Andréa Pinson
Photo: Security Centre project