8. Operation

Overview

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Important: Refer to the FLAIM Trainer Facilitation Guide for instructions on planning, preparing, delivering, and reviewing the FLAIM Trainer Firefighter / Emergency Responder immersive learning experience.

 

Part 1: Starting the iPad

Complete the following steps to start the iPad:

1. On the iPad, press and hold the top button until the Apple logo appears.

The iPad will power on and the main screen will display.

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2.

On the main screen, tap the FLAIM Trainer app.

The FLAIM Trainer app will open.

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The FLAIM Trainer instructor software is now ready to use.

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Important: Refer to the Troubleshooting and support article if the FLAIM Trainer app does not open.

 

Part 2: Setting up the user 

Complete the following steps to set up a user in preparation for conducting a training session:

1.

Fit the heat suit onto the user.

2.

Fit the SCBA set onto the user.

  • Put on one shoulder strap at a time
  • Adjust shoulder straps
  • Fasten chest and waist straps then, tighten as required
3.

Attach the heat suit magnetic power clip to the SCBA magnetic power port.

The heat suit will automatically power on and connect to the SCBA.

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Important: Heat On must be selected on the iPad for the suit to generate heat. Refer to Changing iPad settings.

4.

Fit the half facemask to the user. They should:

  • Tuck the chin flap under their chin, then rotate the mask over their nose
  • Centre the head harness on the crown of their head
  • Pull each strap alternatively to tighten the mask to their face. Ensure that the straps are not twisted
  • Fasten the neck buckle and tighten the neck straps while keeping the buckle centred
  • Re-tighten the neck buckle straps.

Tip: It is easier to adjust the half face mask straps as required prior to fitting the VR headset.

5.

Connect the controller to the SCBA strap.

6.

Fit the armband heartrate monitor onto the user if required.

Tip: For the most accurate readings, wear the armband heartrate monitor on the upper forearm.

7.

Press the armband heartrate monitor power button for two seconds until the lights flash.

The armband heartrate monitor will turn on and automatically pair with the iPad.

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Important: Refer to the Troubleshooting and support article if the light remains alternating red and blue.

8.

Fit the VR headset onto the user.

Tip: Place the VR headset over their eyes then slide it over the back of their head.

9.

Instruct the user to look directly at the floor whenever the moving triangle image is displayed. (Ensure they are standing in front of the hose reel facing down the room).

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Important: This is essential for accurate floor height callibration.

The VR Headset will complete its start-up sequence. The start-up sequence is complete when the FLAIM Lobby is visible in the VR Headset.

10.

Short press the branch / nozzle tracker power button.

The branch / nozzle tracker will power on and the status indicator light will flash blue, then turn green.

11.

Pass the branch / nozzle to the user.

12.

Short press the controller power button.

The controller will power on and the status indicator light will flash blue, then turn green.

 

Part 3: Starting a training session

Complete the following steps to start a training session:

1.

On the iPad, ensure the FLAIM Trainer Welcome screen is displayed.

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2.

Tap the New Session button.

The User Details screen will display.

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3. Enter the required user details then tap the Start Simulation button.
  • If it is a new user the warning screen will display. Go to Part 4.
  • If it is an existing user the trainer simulation screen will display. Go to Part 4: Selecting and launching a scenario.
4.

Review the warning with the user, then tap the Accept button to proceed if all is okay.

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The Trainer Simulation screen will display.

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Part 4: Selecting and launching a scenario

Complete the following steps to select and launch a scenario:

1.

On the iPad, ensure the Trainer Simulation screen is displayed.

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2.

Tap the Environment dropdown menu, then select the required Environment.

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The Environment dropdown menu will populate.

3.

Tap the Scenario dropdown menu, then select the required Scenario.

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The Scenario dropdown menu will populate.

4.

Tap the Run button and the selected scenario will run.

Tip: You can Pause or Stop the scenario at any time by tapping the relevant buttons.

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Part 5: Adjusting scenario settings

The instructor can adjust the following settings and parameters when running the scenario as required:

Difficulty

Tap the desired setting. The default setting is Normal.

Teleport Mode

Toggle on / off as required. The default setting is Off.

Heat Vest Mode

Toggle on / off as required. The default setting is Off.

Pump Pressure

Pump pressure and by extension, hose force can be controlled by the Pump Pressure. Default pump pressures are 400kPa, 550kPa and 700kPa.

Note: When 700kPa is selected there is significant force applied to the user and this setting should not be used for more than a few minutes. The hose reel system is not designed for long duration operation at 700kPa.

Suppressant
Type

Instructors can change the suppressant type at any time while a scenario is running. 

Default automatically selects the recommended starting suppressant type for a scenario. 

 

Part 6: Monitoring statistics

The instructor can use the following tools to monitor statistics and feedback when running the scenario:

Runtime Analysis Sidebar

The instructor can monitor runtime statistics such as fire intensity, a user's air and water usage, and attack time via the sidebar.

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Biometric Feedback

If the rhythm armband heartrate monitor is being used the instructor can monitor biofeedback such as heart rate (BPM) respiration rate and lung demand valve by tapping on the Biometrics button.

 

Device status/Battery feedback

The heading bar in the top right contains status lights for Headset Cables, Nozzle Functions, SCBA battery and Nozzle Puck.

Refer to Part 11: Understanding the TV / display status bar.

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Part 7: Conducting the After Action Review

The After Action Review can be conducted at any time during or after a scenario has been run.

Complete the following steps to conduct the After Action Review.

1.

On the iPad, ensure the Trainer Simulation screen is displayed.

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2.

Tap the After Action Review button.

The After Action Review screen will display.

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3.

Complete the After Action Review.

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4.

Tap the Trainer Simulation button.

5.

Tap the Stop button to return the user to the FLAIM Lobby.

 

Part 8: Saving the After Action Review (AAR)

Complete the following steps to save the AAR:

1.

Plug a USB drive into the hose reel.

2.

On the iPad, tap the Settings icon. The Settings screen will display.

3.

Tap the Save AAR Files to USB button. The Let’s backup your After Action Review (AAR) Files system message will display.

4.

Tap the Backup button. The (AAR) Files will be saved to the USB drive.

5.

Tap the Close button. The system message will close.

6.

Remove USB drive from the hose reel:

  • Take out the keyboard.
  • Turn the keyboard on then move the slider so you can see the green sticker (not red).
  • Select the show hidden icons up arrow.
  • Right click on the USB drive.
  • Choose Eject Flash Disk.
  • Safe to Remove Hardware message will display.

 

Part 9: Modifying AAR learnings

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Important: Instructors can modify, delete, and add new learnings to the AAR by going to Settings and tapping on Modify AAR Module in the Advanced section.

Complete the following steps to modify AAR learnings:

1.

On the iPad, ensure the Settings screen is displayed.

2.

Under Advanced Settings, tap the Modify AAR Module button. The Let’s edit your AAR Files system message will display.

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3.

Edit the relevant AAR files, then tap the Save AAR button. The edits will be saved.

 

Part 10: Changing iPad settings

Complete the following steps to change the iPad settings:

1.

On the iPad, press the Settings button in the top left corner of the screen. The Settings window will display.

2.

Update the settings as required (refer to the descriptions below):

  • Standard use
  • Configuration
  • Advanced setup

 

Standard use settings

Restart FLAIM System

Use if the FLAIM System is unresponsive or not connected. This button can be pressed any time and the devices connected will usually connect within 10 seconds.

HideVR

Use to hide the standard StreamVR window.

Save AAR Files to USB

Use when saving completed AAR files to a USB.

About FLAIM

Use to display FLAIM’s system versions.

 

Configuration settings

Configuration settings are used to customise the FLAIM Trainer experience based on location and desired parameters. You will need to restart the FLAIM software to apply the changes. Select the required settings to modify in the configuration column.

Note: Users can modify the following settings:

Simulation Version

Change the release version your system is on. Users have the ability to change back to a previous release if required.

Language

Change of iPad and simulation scorecard language.

Note: After Action Review text modification will require iPad system language change.

Units

Toggle units between Metric (Litres/kPa) or Imperial (Gallons/PSI).

Mask

Toggle SCBA dirty mask effect.

Multiuser

Toggle Multiuser option.

Max Heat Value

Use to adjust the maximum Heat Suit temperature.

 

Advanced setup - Adding new / replacement hardware

This tab allows users to re-pair branches / nozzles, SCBAs and heat suits. You will need to restart the FLAIM software to apply the changes.

Changes to configurations in Advanced Settings should not be performed unless under direction of FLAIM Systems or a reseller. Misuse may result in unpredictable system operation.

Reconnect SCBA

Use to re-pair a SCBA.

Reconnect Nozzle

Use to re-pair a branch / nozzle.

Reconnect Heat Vest

Use to re-pair a heat suit. Refer to detailed instructions here.

Reconnect Heart Rate

Use to re-pair a Heart Rate Monitor. Refer to detailed instructions here.

Modify AAR Module

Use to modify the system's AAR file.

Backup Config to USB

Use to backup the system configuration to a USB drive.

Restore Config from USB

Use to restore the system configuration from a USB drive.

Calibrate Nozzle

Use to perform a Branch / Nozzle calibration.

 

Part 11: Understanding the TV / display status bar

A status bar is shown in the top left corner of the TV / display. This bar highlights important information for connected devices. This information is helpful when setting up and troubleshooting the system.

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Part 12: Connecting to the Internet using the modem (optional)

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Important: It will be necessary to connect to Wi-Fi using the modem to install system updates and perform other system tasks.

Complete these steps to connect to Wi-Fi using the modem:

1.

Remove the Safety Guides Box from Case 1.

2.

Open the Safety Guides Box and remove the two screws contained within.

3.

Use a Phillips screwdriver to fix the screws into the back of the hose reel.

4.

Ensure the screw head and hose reel are at least 4mm apart.

5.

Remove the modem from Case 1.

6.

Hook the modem onto the back of the hose reel.

7.

Remove the USB-A to USB-C cable (White) and Ethernet cable from Case 1.

8.

Plug the USB-A end into a USB-A port on the hose reel.

9.

Plug the USB-C end into the USB-C port on the modem.

10.

Plug the Ethernet cable into the ethernet port on the hose reel and the LAN port on the modem.

 

Part 13: Connecting to Wi-Fi

Complete the following steps to connect the keyboard:

1.

Remove the keyboard from Case 1.

2.

Turn the keyboard ON. Move the slider so you can see the green sticker (not red).

3.

Select the Network icon on the taskbar.

4.

Choose the Wi-Fi network to connect.

5.

Select Connect.

6.

Type the network password (if any), then select Next.

7.

Choose Yes to be discoverable by other PCs.

 

Part 14: Powering off the FLAIM Trainer components

Complete these steps to power off the FLAIM Trainer components:

1.

On the iPad, press and hold the top button, then drag the slider.

Tip: We recommend you recharge the iPad after each use.

2.

Remove the SCBA battery from the SCBA cylinder.

Tip: We recommend you recharge the SCBA battery after each use.

3.

Retrieve the VR headset.

Tip: We recommend you recharge the VR headset after each use.

4.

Retrieve the armband heartrate monitor (where supplied).

Tip: We recommend you recharge the armband heartrate monitor after each use.

5.

Remove the branch / nozzle tracker from the front of the branch / nozzle.

Tip: Charge the branch / nozzle tracker and controller from the side of the VR headset. Ensure headset is turned on.

6.

On the hose reel, press the System Power button.

Ensure the System Power button LED is not illuminated. This indicates the system has been powered off. 

7.

Turn off the TV / display.

8.

Turn off VR headset once the branch / nozzle tracker and controller have been fully charged.

 

Refer to the Know the equipment article for charging instructions.

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