Steve Krauchick of Doing It Local shares this video report about an investment in public safety to assist police and fire department personnel driving in emergency conditions.
When a police officer leaves the academy they continue to get training on everything except police driving refresher courses, that is until now. The city of Bridgeport has invested in a simulator that will help assist both the police and fire department drive emergency vehicles in number of conditions, from rain to snow, drivers ignoring lights and sirens and kids running in front of their vehicle. Other instruction included teaching firefighters to not only watch the road but also read the horizon for smoke in the distance.
In the last ten years across the country 434 police officer have been killed automotive accidents. In 2013 and 2014 the city of Bridgeport received over $800,000 in motor vehicle related worker’s compensation claims. The simulator will give Bridgeport Police and Firefighters on going hands on training.