Metro fire department turns to iPads for simulation training, recreating dangerous scenarios

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YUKON, Okla. -- The Yukon Fire Department is turning to iPads for simulation training, putting firefighters in dangerous situations where communication is crucial.

Blue Card Hazard Zone Management is a technology driven safety training program, recreating residential and structure fires in real time.

For example, the firefighters are faced with a second story residential home fire, where flames spread from one house to the neighbor's.

While this training is not based on physical action, it's helping to develop a strong communication system.

"To be able to come in here, sit down and actually recreate something, even though it's in digital format, you still have a lot of the same challenges you experience on the fire scene," said Major Kyle Trumbly with the Yukon Fire Department.

There's a reason why Fire Chief Kevin Jones was looking for safer training for his crews.

Just a few years ago, firefighters in Yukon found themselves in a dangerous position. Some crews were on top of the building, and others inside, when communication was lost.

"The crews came out and probably two seconds later the roof collapsed. Those are my friends, I took it very personal," said Jones.

Now, they are turning to the iPad to prepare for danger ahead.

"This gives us a safe place to train, and they can make mistakes here and nobody gets hurt," said Jones.

There are 27 different training simulations constructed by a company out of Phoenix.

Since they're training in Yukon now, other departments around the state can use this program, just contact the Yukon Fire Department.

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