DHS Announces Tech Talk on Active Shooter Virtual Training Platform
Thursday, August 10, 2017 | Comments

The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) announced the Enhanced Dynamic Geo-Social Environment (EDGE), a virtual training platform for active shooter incidents. EDGE allows responders of all disciplines to assume discipline-based avatars and simultaneously role-play complex response scenarios.

DHS will host a “Tech Talk” Aug. 14 at 2 p.m. about the EDGE system and how communities can access it free to augment and reinforce live training for officers, agents, firefighters or emergency medical technicians.

Cole Engineering Services and the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL), DHS partners in the endeavor, will join the talk and discuss how EDGE uses a gaming approach to training and allows participants to role-play response scenarios.

The goal of EDGE is to improve coordination and communication before an active shooter or other catastrophic event happens to mitigate injuries and loss of lives during a live response. It addresses several scenarios such as active shooter, fire and rescue, and is designed to allow customization based on an agency’s or department’s standard operating procedures. It is not pre-scripted because the approach to response is not one size fits all.

More information is available at www.cesiedgetraining.com or @dhsscitech on Twitter and Facebook.

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