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Thursday, July 06, 2017

Virtual Training for Active Shooter Incidents Available for First Responders

A virtual training platform for active shooter and other critical incidents is available to first responders through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T) and the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL). The Enhanced Dynamic Geo-Social Environment is a multiplayer, scalable, online environment that trains responders — single agencies or cross-agency, jurisdiction or discipline — for a coordinated response to active shooter incidents. EDGE allows responders to collaboratively role-play complex scenarios in a virtual environment, improving coordination and communication while mitigating injuries and loss of lives. S&T's First Responders Group developed the technology with ARL's Simulation and Training Technology Center and Cole Engineering Services, Inc.

The initial scenario is a hotel active shooter response and features avatars, equipment, vehicles and architecture designed completely to scale. Cole Engineering will distribute EDGE to interested response agencies and provide related technical support. Agencies may contact or 877-EDGE-011 (877-334-3011) to obtain a free copy of EDGE. A second EDGE virtual training scenario featuring a school shooting response will be released in fall 2017. Visit or contact for additional information.

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