Article Out Loud - ​​​Training for Hazardous Tasks in Virtual Environments

By RYAN PUTMAN, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness, August 16, 2023.

Being able to recreate complex hazardous materials incidents in a classroom setting teaches life-saving lessons in a safe environment. Advances in virtual and augmented reality training systems provide instructors with new tools to train the next generation of first responders. 

Narrated by MacGregor Stephenson. 

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Ryan Putman

Ryan Putman is a deputy fire marshal for the Utah State Fire Marshal’s Office. Ryan has over 16 years of public safety experience, working for private emergency medical services (EMS) agencies, and volunteer, part-time/full-time combination, and career fire departments. He started with the State Fire Marshal’s Office in 2016 as a hazardous materials instructor and now performs hazardous materials code enforcement and fire investigations for the fire marshal’s office. Ryan started the fire marshal’suncrewedvehicle program and is a nationally recognized expert on the use ofuncrewedvehicles in hazardous environments, with several published papers and speaking invitations across North America. He also started the virtual reality training program at the fire marshal’s office and was a public safety partner for NIST’s Public Safety Communications ResearchCommanDINGTech Challenge. Ryan earned his Associate of Science from Weber State University, Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management from Columbia Southern University, and Master of Science in Management and Leadership from Western Governors University. 



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