Madison fire department teaches fire safety through virtual reality

Madison fire department teaches fire safety through virtual reality
Updated: Jul. 27, 2018 at 1:48 PM CDT
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MADISON, AL (WAFF) - Technology is making its way into children's schools, which can change the way they learn. The Madison Fire Department is taking fire safety to the next level through virtual reality.

"We need to step up what we're doing," said Capt. Michael Sedlacek.

The way this project works is the fire department has several iPads with a specific software on it that will put you into the virtual reality world. There are floor plans that mimic some of the home designs in Madison. You can choose from an apartment to a one or two-story home. You will put on a virtual reality headset and walk through the virtual home.

Sedlacek describes this project as "high tech."

"You'll be able to go and look into the master bedroom and open cabinets or go in and out of the front and back doors," he said.

You'll be put into different scenarios as well, like cooking fires and night time fire scenarios that will put your fire safety skills to the test.

This project has taken almost a year to complete.

The goal is to ensure a safer community and that people are prepared if a fire breaks out.

The fire department is primarily targeting kids in fifth and sixth grades because that is generally the age when kids are home by themselves until a parent gets off work.

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