A screenshot of the computer-based simulator from the perspective of the person taking the role of the shooter.
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Using cutting-edge video game technology and animation, the U.S. Army and Homeland Security Department have developed a computer-based simulator that can train everyone from teachers to first responders on how to react to an active shooter scenario.The $5.6 million program – known as the Enhanced Dynamic Geo-Social Environment – is similar to those used by the Army to train soldiers in combat tactics and scenarios using a virtual environment.Originally designed for police and fire agencies, the civilian version is now being expanded to schools to allow teachers and other school personnel to train for active shooters alongside first responders. For example, each teacher has seven options on how to keep students safe, and some of the students in the program might not respond or be too afraid to react.
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