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Creating virtual disasters (WITH SUBS)

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Find out how NATO and its partners use virtual reality to train their search and rescue teams.

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How do you prepare for disasters? According to this team from Romania’s emergency medical service, you can prepare using computer simulations, allowing teams to practise responding to dangerous situations without actually endangering themselves.

Emilia Turucz, Coordinator of the National Emergency Simulation Centre in Romania, walks us through why this software is useful to NATO during a multinational disaster response exercise held in Serbia, jointly organised by NATO’s Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC) and Serbia’s Ministry of Interior.

Footage includes real-world footage of firefighters moving through a factory and participating in chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) threat training. Drone footage included.

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SOUNDBITE IN ENGLISH
Emilia Turucz, Emergency Simulation Centre, Romania

“We can reconstruct actually
the real-world incidents and disasters in a virtual reality, virtual space.”

TEXT ON SCREEN

SEARCH AND RESCUE TEAMS PRACTISE THEIR SKILLS

IN VIRTUAL WORLDS

TO PREPARE THEMSELVES
FOR REAL INCIDENTS


“It is quite close to the reality
because they can see all the situation, they can feel that they are lost.”

“They can see the threats around them so the pressure on the teams, it is quite big.”

TEXT ON SCREEN

FOR THESE FIREFIGHTERS

USING A VIRTUAL WORLD TO TRAIN

MEANS MORE PRACTICE
WITH LESS RISK

“They feel the adrenaline flash actually during the exercise.

But the other way around,
they are in a safe environment.

TEXT ON SCREEN

VR TECHNOLOGY WAS USED
IN A DISASTER RELIEF EXERCISE

JOINTLY ORGANISED BY
NATO AND SERBIA
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NATO769436
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