A new school-based scenario available for the free virtual training platform — Enhanced Dynamic Geo-Social Environment (EDGE) — allows first responders to train for school-based emergencies with school staff and administrators. The EDGE school environment can be any type of critical incident on campus: parental custody disputes, potential bomb threats, active shooter or other scenario.
EDGE is a video game-style simulation in which people control avatars representing their real-life roles: law enforcement, fire, EMS, teachers, school resource officers, school administration and more. Each person determines their avatar's actions, meaning the simulation plays out differently each time.
This format allows people to take part from different locations, supporting single- and multi-agency use. It reduces training costs, encouraging different agencies or jurisdictions to train together. Cross-discipline training is crucial to an organized, unified response.
The first scenario, released last year, involves an active shooter armed with Molotov cocktails at a high-rise hotel.
The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate and the U.S. Army Research Laboratory joined forces to create this virtual training platform. Agencies interested in obtaining a free copy of the EDGE training or who have general EDGE inquiries may contact firstname.lastname@example.org.