C4i Training & Technology and Saskatchewan Polytechnic launch emergency disaster management simulation training
Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers interactive, digital training which realistically portrays the environment of a natural or man-made disaster
May 20, 2016 - Starting this spring C4i Training & Technology and Saskatchewan Polytechnic are providing emergency training solutions with C4i's Emergency and Disaster Management Simulation (EDMSIM) software. A demonstration will take place on Friday, May 20, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m., at Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Regina Campus.
EDMSIM is an interactive, computer-based training solution designed for emergency management staff, emergency operation centre personnel, and municipal leadership. It is highly flexible, adaptable and scalable so training can be conducted at local, regional or national level. In December 2015, C4i and Sask Polytech signed a letter of intent to train leaders and emergency managers to prepare for disasters using the EDMSIM training solution.
"In light of the extreme forest fires the prairies have recently experienced, Sask Polytech is pleased to help Saskatchewan communities better prepare for emergency disaster situations, should they arise," said Dr. Larry Rosia, Saskatchewan Polytechnic's president and CEO. "EDMSIM training allows emergency planners to improve communications and validate previously prepared contingency plans."
C4i developed the EDMSIM software in 2005. Their clients include NATO, the Centres for Disease Control, US National Guard, and US Army as well as a number of other states and municipalities. This is the first time their software has been used in an applied academic environment.
"This is our first agreement with a post-secondary institution and Sask Polytech is the perfect fit," says Bruce Gilkes, C4i's president and founder and Sask Polytech alumnus. "C4i is a great match with Sask Polytech's applied learning and experiential learning model. Designed specifically for emergency management staff, emergency operations centres and civil leadership, any type of disaster and response can be modelled."
C4i Training & Technology's vision is to make the world safe through training and technology. Areas of expertise include award-winning custom software development, system integration, training solution development, and mission command and simulation solutions. C4i's customer focus is commercial and government organizations at all levels and covers the energy, defence, public safety and homeland security sectors.
Saskatchewan Polytechnic serves 27,000 distinct students through applied learning opportunities at campuses in Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon, and through extensive distance education opportunities. Programs serve every economic and public service sector. As a polytechnic, the organization provides the depth of learning appropriate to employer and student need, including certificate, diploma and degree programs, and apprenticeship training. Saskatchewan Polytechnic engages in applied research, drawing on faculty expertise to support innovation by employers, and providing students the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills.