Testimonials

"I just completed the VTRA program and thought it was great! You folks did a wonderful job. Reminded me of playing 'Area 51.' As a hazmat responder for 20+ years, I found it really educational and fun. You picked the right people to put this program together. I am looking forward to presenting it to future students. I highly recommend this program to beginning students and veterans alike. Thank you!"
Hazardous Materials Specialist
Indiana Department of Homeland Security

"As someone who's been through a lot of hazmat training, I can tell you VTRA helps me zero in on specific concepts I'm trying to get across. Not everyone has been fortunate enough to learn about hazmat in person with John Eversole. VTRA captured the personalities of John and the other instructors. Using this program is like sitting across a table with them at a hazmat conference and learning from them one-on-one. This really is the next best thing to being there."
Team Leader Alan Cagle
Guilford County (NC) Emergency Services Hazmat Team

"This was the most interesting computer based instruction I have ever experienced. The instructors teach in a manner that starts with the basics and moves up from there. The sims were extremely informative and entertaining."
FBI tester

"Enjoyed the 'Ops-for WMD Hazmat.' I thought it was an interesting learning experience. It's nice that you are able to go at your own pace and move around the academy to any area you are interested in. I was excited about the simulations and enjoyed them."
Fire Department
Special Operations Captain

"I'm in the program, so I enjoy using VTRA as part of my nationwide training curriculum. Even better, I get to see how it's being used in both public-safety and industrial settings. For instance, I secured a copy for every hazmat team in Connecticut, and a lot of the teams are using VTRA for radiation refresher training.

One of my industrial client's Emergency Response Team is using VTRA for their summer training. Lately, they've been prepping with some radiation refreshers - just in case. They're using it for pre- and post-exercise training, too.

Bottom line: I'm seeing VTRA in use from Washington to Wisconsin, from Michigan to Houston, from California to North Carolina. There's only one reason the program's being adopted by fire, police, EMS, military and federal trainers - it's that good. If I do say so myself…"
Mike Callan
www.mikecallan.com

"I run an onsite hazmat team… I have nothing but positive comments to provide. The format is clever and interesting. The information is delivered effectively, and the content is rich with information. As an instructor I am not anywhere near as interesting as the instructors you have provided in this program. Well done! …I will definitely include this as an additional tool for our team. Finally we find a training program that is effective for content and delivery."
Hazmat Team Coordinator

"Very informative sessions that explain in detail many aspects of hazmat response. Can be used for hazmat response teams debriefing and training sessions…. This program can be used to replace or augment the current… Ops course taught in the Firefighter 1 curriculum."
County Hazmat/WMD
Response Team Coordinator

"Given the popularity of video games, I think people will enjoy the interactive simulations."
Fire Department
Special Operations Captain

"I liked the way the program brings all aspects of hazmat response under one umbrella to address all of the critical tasks that are evaluated during hazmat exercises, from EMS to decon procedures."
County Hazmat/WMD
Response Team Coordinator

"This was the most interesting computer-based instruction I have ever experienced. The instructors teach in a manner that starts with the basics and moves up from there. The simulations were extremely informative and entertaining. We sat for hours without knowing it."
Federal Law Enforcement Tester

"This course should be issued to all counties in the state for in-house training and refresher training sessions. It would be a great addition to any training library in all emergency response arenas."
County Hazmat/WMD
Response Team Coordinator

"The firefighters loved the program and had fun evaluating it. It has a lot of potential for terrorism training but also for basic awareness and operations levels as well as specific topics such as instrumentation, basic chemistry, risk assessment, etc."
Fire Chief

"I loved the visual teaching line for the metering unit. What a great resource tool to expose others to [the material] and to periodically perform self-review."
Deputy Chief
County EMS Officer

"I see this as not only a great tool for training oneself in hazmat Ops-plus — it has a great classroom value. The material is well presented and clear."
Law Enforcement Tester

"I would love to make your game my [public-safety students'] final examination. It's great."
Veteran Instructor

"The extras are very informative and can be used to assist in teaching ICS and other segments of emergency response."
County Hazmat/WMD
Response Team Coordinator

"…This program is great. I have really enjoyed using it."
State Office of Fire Prevention and Control

"The first thing I did was take the test - I'm trained to the tech level - and failed. I spent a good bit of time in the Learning Lab. It was a very good review. Passed the test on 2nd try. Did the first sim and was impressed with the graphics and the way you moved and looked around, very videogame-like."
Law Enforcement Tester

"The [firefighters]… found it enjoyable to sit there and do the program together."
Fire Chief

"A really great tool - you guys did a great job with the speakers, interaction, video, content…and so on. I look forward to spreading the word to first responders."
Federal WMD Coordinator

"I love this and cannot wait [to] use it with my students."
Academy Instructor

"Very good training that is very detailed for its level. The videogame simulations and testing throughout the lectures keep it interactive and therefore [keep] the trainee involved in the training by testing their knowledge throughout the training."
State Training Officer

"I really enjoyed the scenarios. Thanks!"
Federal Law Enforcement Tester

"…A great learning tool that I enjoyed using. I plan to continue to play with this."
Law Enforcement Tester

"The program is great. I was extremely impressed with the smooth flow and realistic nature of both the simulations and learning exercises. Well done."
Federal WMD Coordinator

"I have played with this product quite a bit and am impressed."
Law Enforcement Tester

"You have done an excellent job on the program. I really enjoyed [working] with the different meters. I also like the interaction of video and graphics. The program impressed me."
Firefighter/Specialist
Homeland Security Technician

"As the Education and Outreach Coordinator for our state hazardous material responders, I highly recommend this program. This would be excellent for both smaller and larger teams to [keep] team members better prepared [for hands-on] training and to keep them refresh."
State Training Coordinator

"The Phoenix Fire Department [featured in VTRA] is using the program in a variety of ways:

1. As part of a 16-hour WMD Hazmat Continuing Education program. We use the program along with an instructor and follow-up each virtual section using the real meters/monitors with actual chemicals. It allows for greater interaction with the students.

2. We are also using parts of VTRA in a similar continuing education effort with the police department.

3. And we are using parts of the program with large businesses in the valley. We're teaching CEOs, ops managers and security the importance of cooperation, unified command, and the decision-making process for these types of WMD events.

We find the VTRA a valuable tool in our approach to hazmat and WMD."
Don Abbott
Phoenix Fire Department
Command Training Center

"Great learning tool. Well done!"
New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services

"Enjoyed 'Ops-for WMD Hazmat.' I thought it was a interesting learning experience. It's nice that you are able to go at your own pace and move around the academy to any area you are interested in. I was excited about the simulations and enjoyed them - I wish there were more.

…enjoyed it and thought it was a fun and interesting learning tool. Given the popularity of video games, I think people will enjoy the interactive simulations."
Fire Department Special Operations member

"…The firefighters loved the program and had fun evaluating it. It has a lot of potential for terrorism training but also for basic awareness and operations levels as well as specific topics such as instrumentation, basic chemistry, risk assessment, etc. These could all be standalone, more in-depth programs.

The [firefighters] …found it enjoyable to sit there and do it together."
U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs Fire Department

"I manage about 25 instructors delivering Hazardous Materials Emergency Response training. VTRA is an exciting step in the right direction for our staff and program participants."
State Police Training Center

"This is a very good training that is very detailed for its level. The videogame simulations and testing throughout the lectures keep it interactive and therefore [keeps] the trainee involved in the training by testing their knowledge throughout the training - an important piece."
Red Cross

"I loved the visual teaching line for the metering unit. What a great resource tool to expose others to [the material] and to periodically perform self-review."
EMS Officer

"I really enjoyed the scenarios. Thanks!"
FBI tester

"I see this as not only a great tool for training oneself in hazmat Ops plus - it has a great classroom value. The material is well presented and clear…"
FBI tester

"Overall, a really great tool. You guys did a great job with the speakers, interaction, video, content… Thanks! I look forward to spreading the word to first responders."
FBI tester

"The first thing I did was take the test (I'm trained to the tech level) and failed. I spent a good bit of time in the learning lab. It was a very good review. Passed the test on 2nd try. Did the first sim and was impressed with the graphics and the way you moved and looked around, very video game like. Overall eval: very good. I think this is a great learning tool that I enjoyed using. "
FBI tester

"The program is great - prior to joining the FBI, I used to work Information Technology for an investment bank. I realize the difficulty in writing and testing a piece of software like this. I was extremely impressed with the smooth flow and realistic nature of both the simulations and learning exercises. Well done."
FBI tester

"After going through most of the program and installing on both my work desktop and laptop, everything installed and performed well. Great program!"
August Vernon
City of Winston Salem Fire Department
Winston Salem, NC

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