Preparing for the unknown can never be easy. With crews protecting some of the most vulnerable locations on earth, from remote oil installations to busy international airports, one training provider turned to video performance analysis in order to extract better quality data from simulation exercises, improve training techniques and prepare their elite firefighting crews for any eventuality.
In a bid to improve training and introduce a more objective element to student feedback, the Falck Sci training centre collaborated with Codimg on the implementation of a new video-based system of reviewing trainee performance.
We asked instructor Javier Vazquez de la Torre for his thoughts on Codimg and about the results he and his team have achieved.
For Vazquez having the ability to continuously analyze and learn from video was core to the initiative and goals of the new program.
“It allowed us to slow down an emergency simulation and show students minute details - which will be of immense value when they face a real emergency,” he states.
“Thanks to video analysis we can work with students on visual examples that provide valuable ‘feedback’. This is very helpful both when analyzing an intervention and checking how individual behaviors can be improved. It also allows students to learn through the observation of good practice by other professionals.”
Falck student Jesus Manuel Marrero shares his tutor’s opinion. "It’s been very useful, both in analyzing flaws in technique, before repetition and in offering another, purely objective view - from the outside of an intervention."
"Video analysis gives us objectivity in the student evaluation process, allowing us to display those aspects which need to be improved, including communications, tactics and coordination," adds Javier Vazquez. The instructor considers CODIMG as a versatile tool that has the potential to be integrated into other areas of emergency training, where reflective learning is essential.
“When we organize emergency training we focus on preparation. It’s important to perfect certain practices. But it’s also vital to constantly develop new skills in order to have adequate responses to any emergency situation.
“This tool allows us to show students exactly where they need to improve and how team strategies or tactics can be better executed. Being able to observe and review important elements, such as communication between team members, has been highly valuable.
“CODIMG has helped us improve performance across a variety of emergency training simulations, allowing immediate, data-based feedback for students as they continue to improve,” adds Vazquez.
“Once you dig a little deeper into Codimg you realize just how much potential it has. And how fast it is. In our case that meant our debriefing sessions could be prepared as students changed and delivered within minutes, further adding to the quality of our teaching.
“The KlipDraw function proved especially useful, giving staff the ability to draw or highlight important moments within a video, visually marking areas for improvement.
“Codimg is a hugely powerful. While it’s very easy to learn the functionality it provides is almost limitless, making it an excellent teaching tool. Our plan now is to adapt more of our training to include video analysis and allow all our students to benefit from richer learning,” concludes.