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Environmental Tectonics Corporation's Simulation Division Awarded Contract by Adayana Government Group to Deliver the Advanced Disaster Management Simulator (ADMS) to the United States Air Force
Sep 24, 2010 (11:09 AM EDT)
First Delivery of ADMS to the US Military
SOUTHAMPTON, Pa., Sept. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Environmental Tectonics Corporation's (OTC Bulletin Board: ETCC) ("ETC" or the "Company") Simulation Division announced today that, following thorough market research and selection process, the United States Air Force, Air Education and Training Command, has decided to implement an advanced simulation training tool, the Advanced Disaster Management Simulator (ADMS), into their fire officer training program at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense (DoD) Fire Training Academy located at the 312th Training Squadron at Goodfellow Air Force Base (AFB), San Angelo, Texas. For this contract, ETC will team with the Adayana Government Group who will provide project management and associated consulting services.
The ADMS simulator will include a virtual replica of Norma Brown AFB, staffed vehicles, and a variety of scenarios including aircraft incidents and structural fires. Norma Brown is a tabletop model of a fictitious air force base that has been used by the Fire Academy for three decade to provide incident command training. ADMS will bring Norma Brown AFB to life by creating a complete environment, and dynamic, interactive scenarios. Fire officers will be trained using ADMS to invoke higher-order thinking to enhance decision making, problem solving, and communications in their roles as incident commanders according to the National Incident Management System. The capstone training exercise using ADMS includes formal evaluations as part of the curriculum. The first simulator will have three Commander Positions for the Incident Commander, Operations Chief and Safety officer, and an Exercise Control Station for the Instructor/Facilitator. The complete system is portable and will be used in-residence and deployed with Mobile Training Teams for on-site training.
Adayana will conduct the analysis and develop the design documentation in conjunction with ETC who will develop the Incident Management Simulator that will be part of the customized solutions. Both companies will assist in the integration and testing, delivery, and training of the Academy personnel.
The mission of the DoD Fire Academy is to produce mission ready emergency responders. The Fire Academy services all aspects of the Department of Defense; including Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Civil Service employees. Fire Protection Specialists from numerous foreign countries are also instructed at the Academy. The Academy has state-of-the-art training assets including live fire training facilities. ADMS will further enhance the array of Fire Academy training assets, and enable them to train commanders providing all relevant incident factors such as staffed vehicles, fires, spills, exploding ordinance, damage to buildings, collapses, casualties, evacuation, taxiing aircraft, traffic, etc.
This purchase confirms today's need for complete training solutions through implementation of advanced simulation for training. Many organizations are confronted with environmental and severe budget constraints, and at the same time are being held accountable for the performance of their organizations. In these circumstances, ADMS provides a complete and economical training solution, combined with an objective performance evaluation capability to address such concerns and mitigate the associated risks.
"The Norma Brown Incident Management System simulator was originally constructed in 1979 to enhance fire department Incident Command, while providing the ability to mitigate large-scale emergencies," said DoD Fire Academy faculty member Retired Master Sergeant TC Sirmans. "For the past 30 years, this trainer has been utilized to teach command and control across the Department of Defense Fire and Emergency Services spectrum. During this time it has evolved into the foremost simulator in DoD Command and Control training. Now, with assistance from Adayana Corporation and Environmental Tectonics Corporation, 'Norma Brown' is set to become a virtual reality city, thus carrying on its legacy as the preeminent incident command emergency trainer in the DoD and possibly the world."
Marco van Wijngaarden, President of ETC Simulation: "This purchase is a very important one. It shows how ETC and ADMS support the demanding simulation requirements from the US Department of Defense. The US Military is a leading entity in application of simulation, and we are proud that we can meet those requirements. The DoD Fire Academy is a center of excellence in fire training, renowned for their curriculum and assets. We look forward to a long-term relationship with DoD Fire Academy and are determined to provide world class simulation. A purchase by the US government is an important factor for foreign purchasers. I expect other Fire Academies to follow this example, and decide to implement advanced simulation to meet their training needs."
"We are excited to be given the opportunity to support the Department of Defense fire and emergency services community by providing ETC's leading-edge simulation solution tailored to meet the Fire Academy's specialized needs," stated Jeff Kidwell, Adayana Government Group President. "Adayana is extremely proud to be a partner in this important technological advance in incident command training and evaluation."
ADMS™ is a Virtual Reality Simulation Training Stage that houses multiple products to include Incident Command training from technical to strategic level (ADMS™-Command), driver training and vehicle operation (ADMS™-ARFF and Drive) and Police Coordination Center (ADMS™-Police). A unique level of immersion is achieved by ETC's signature technology, blending physics-based simulation, embedded artificial intelligence, accurate animations, photo-realistic graphics, ambient sounds, vehicle controls, and motion platforms. ADMS enables first responders and emergency managers to train and rehearse at all levels of response, in a safe, economical and green way.
Similar ADMS systems have recently been installed at New York City Office of Emergency Management, Community College of Aurora, Saudi Arabia Civil Defense, and the Netherlands Institute for Safety. ADMS is now in use at over 35 locations worldwide and thousands of trainees are trained annually.
Adayana (www.adayana.com) is a global human capital development and organizational performance improvement provider who serves clients in the federal government, automotive, agribusiness, healthcare and food and beverage vertical markets. Through its vertical market approach, Adayana provides industry expertise and solutions in Learning Solutions & Delivery, Managed Learning Services, Strategy & Management Consulting, Branding & Strategic Communications, and Performance Technologies.
ETC was incorporated in 1969 in Pennsylvania and last year we celebrated our 40th anniversary. Our core technologies include the design, manufacture and sale of Training Services (TSG) which includes (1) software driven products and services used to create and monitor the physiological effects of flight; (2) high performance jet tactical flight simulation, and; (3) driving and disaster simulation systems, and Control Systems (CSG) which includes: (1) steam and gas sterilization; (2) testing and simulation devices for the automotive industry, and; (3) hyperbaric and hypobaric chambers. Product categories included in TSG are Aircrew Training Systems (ATS) and flight simulators, disaster management systems and entertainment applications. CSG includes sterilizers, environmental control devices and hyperbaric chambers along with parts and service support.
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