The application of interactive multimedia CD-ROM technology to wildland fire safety training
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): William R. Thorburn; A. MacMillan; Martin E. Alexander
Publication Year: 2000

Cataloging Information

  • Canada
  • computer applications
  • fire education
  • fire entrapment avoidance
  • fire survival
  • firefighter fatalities
  • risk management
  • wildfire case studies
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Interactive multimedia technology has been utilized in the development of a CD-ROM based wildland fire safety training course, Wildland Fire-Safety on the Fireline. Interactive multimedia technology allows delivery of training to a large number of students on a consistent basis. In addition, cost savings can be achieved through reduced learning time, reduced travel, minimal use of instructors, and most of all, through retention of knowledge as a result of using multimedia. The course, Wildland Fire-Safety on the Fireline, was developed and reviewed by a national team of specialists in wildland fire behavior and wildland fire safety with the intent of reducing and/or eliminating injuries and fatalities associated with the suppression of wildland fires. Wildland Fire-Safety on the Fireline focuses on due diligence, situational awareness, entrapment survival, health, equipment, and hazards encountered when working on the fireline. Each of the four sections comprising the course is followed by a board game test in preparation for a final test that is tracked by the computer.

Online Link(s):
Thorburn, Rob W.; MacMillan, A.; Alexander, Martin E. 2000. The application of interactive multimedia CD-ROM technology to wildland fire safety training. The Forestry Chronicle 76(6):953-959.