The Assistance to Firefighter Grant Program of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency has announced a $196,748 award to the St. George Fire Protection District for the development and acquisition of a driver training simulator.

Modern driving simulators feature multiple truck simulations, according to a news release. This allows real-time simulations that incorporate the actions of other participating drivers into the scenario. The cab can be designed to duplicate the cab instrumentation, controls and field of vision of actual St. George fire vehicles.

The simulators also generate three dimensional motion, like modern flight training simulators, to add a greater sense of realism by providing physical feedback or "feel" to the experience.

The purpose of the project is to make the emergency response experience a safer one for the public as well as for employees by subjecting our drivers to potential accident or "near miss" situations in a controlled learning environment.