VSTEP and VectorCommand have signed an exclusive co-operation agreement to integrate VSTEP’s RescueSim Virtual Emergency Response Training Simulator with the Command Support System (CSS) from VectorCommand. This integrated solution allows Emergency Services in the UK and overseas to train in a virtual incident environment with the same command support software they use in live incidents. The combined functionality and features of both systems increases the realism and effectiveness of incident commander training.
VectorCommand’s Command Support System is the world’s first interoperable, distributed C4I system (Command, Control, Communications, Computing and Information system) for managing single and multi-agency emergency incidents. It solves a common problem for emergency commanders and managers around the world – how to deliver and share a Common Operational Picture across emergency services and agencies during major incidents to improve situational awareness, collaboration and response effectiveness. The Command Support System is currently used by a wide range of international customers, including the UK’s Atomic Weapons Establishment, London Fire Brigade, Cleveland Fire Brigade, Qatar Petroleum and the South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service. The Command Support System is also being used in long term trials by several HART (Hazardous Area Response Teams) units and is at the core of a pan-European CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear) R&D project for use by agencies at incidents caused by terrorist attacks.
Cristijn Sarvaas, VSTEP Director: “We are very proud to partner with VectorCommand. Both our companies have a strong position in their respective markets and together we will have an unmatched next generation training tool. Our Emergency Services clients will be able to train with the same support tools as they have during real life incidents, greatly enhancing the realism and effectiveness of their training.”
John Hunter, VectorCommand Managing Director: “VectorCommand has built an enviable reputation for developing innovative incident command operational and training solutions for the emergency services. Our partnership with VSTEP undoubtedly takes these solutions to the next level and will allow both companies to expand our offerings into new markets and new territories.“
The partnership is effective immediately and will enable both companies to strengthen their positions in respective markets and provide customers with unmatched performance and flexibility for their emergency response training.
For more info about the Command Support System, visit www.vectorcommand.com