Learning & Training

How to Support the Learning Process?

Learning is the process of transforming experience into knowledge, skills, and attitudes. Training can be understood as the transfer of knowledge and skills from the trainer to the trainees.

Providing the trainer learning support tools for teaching creates better opportunities for effective learning, and collaboration outside the classroom. In the cade of chemical detection, learning support tools can be e.g. replica equipment, simulants, remote tools, and simulator systems.

But How to Motivate the Trainees?

The trainees motivation is built based on the learning environment and atmosphere, and these can be triggered by using activating training methods and assigning genuine assignments.

We all wanted to find ways to respond to these questions and challenges… and provide the right tools to enable them. This text will focus on how to use ChemProX training feature as a learning support tool, to activate your trainees motivation and effectively grow new chemical detection skills.


Xplore Double Usage for Real & Simulated Scenarios

Let’s first take a look at the learning requirements and supporting tools, before diving into the technology itself, after all, it is a commonly known fact that the focus should be on pedagogy and learning, rather than technology.

More and more organisations and teams aim for achieving certain performance levels, on certain topics such as detection, identification and monitoring (DIM) capabilities. In order to enable that, there are fundamental skills that need to be created, developed, and maintained, to reach for the optimal performance indicators.

chemprox training pyramid

Chemical detection training principles pyramid.

First, we need to understand what that capability is, and what it takes to gain it.

Next, right and suitable material needs to be available. In this case, that calls for a chemical detector for CWA’s and TIC’s detection.

Third, basic technical training is needed, explaining how to use the detector properly. This includes basic procedures like start-up, sniffing chemicals, and shutdown, as well as user maintenance tasks, etc.

Basic Technical Training

This basic technical training  can be delivered utilizing remote learning tools, like online e-learning courses, and it will give the user an overview and basic understanding of the chemical mesuring instrument.

Nevertheless, nothing beats the real hands-on training.

Accomplishing a certification on basic skills for using a detector, doesn’t make the user an expert, unless they are also familiar with operating procedures for tactical and operational levels.

Knowing the SOP – Standard Operation Procedures – on how to use the detector in accidents, search, survey, and monitoring missions, will ensure the user gets the best benefit of the detector.

However, SOPs alone still don’t accomplish the objectives, unless they are tested in practical training sessions of various scales and difficulty levels, ensuring the operator has the right attitude to operate in real-life incidents.

The objectives – the tools – the trainings – the SOPs – the practicing.

Learning Support Tools

Normally, the way to teach new skills is by owning and utilizing a few detectors.

However, also usually there are more students than training devices available, compromising the earning environment and experience, which won’t support the real learning.

We all have taken a giant digital leap on the previous year. Currently we rarely can host a “mask-to-mask” hands-on training, and that’s why remote online teaching and  e-learning courses represent great opportunities take the learning experience to the next level, instead of wasting it.

What “Support Tools” Were Available Before the Digital Era?

Back then, if the students were lucky, they may have gotten a simulator or even simulation systems, with special system operators.

These items were very warmly welcomed for trainings in late 90’s and early 2000’s, because they indeed provided new tools for training. It was great to give alarms and faults to operators, instead of yelling with a red face:

ALARM!!”  “Now you got Nerve Low level alarm!”

At that time, these separate gadgets represented the next step for a more realistic training.

Back in those old days, when I was a field level trainer, I wondered about this issue… which I kept wondering until very recently:

Why there has to be separate simulant chemicals for sniffing and pluming, a separate simulation system for each detector and software? In real-life I use real detectors. Why? How much these cost? Do they suit for the purpose?”

And last but not the least:

“Do these add value worth of the financial investment?

Xpand Your Skills & Capabilities

ChemProX encompasses all these previous components in one single device, and that’s why it represents the next generation performance detector.

It features an in-built real chemical detection performance, simulator, and simulation capability in one unit. In a ChemProX device, the user can find manuals, step-by-step procedure guidance  and also chemical databases. Organizations can even upload their own SOPs type of content into device! Furthermore, ChemProX supports the users’ learning and skill refreshing by having free specially tailored online eLearning courses available.

The same ChemProX device can be used for real detection of toxic industrial chemicals and chemical warfare agents detection, but it can also serve for training against these chemical agents, when using its in-built training features. This double usage feature makes it possible to use it for both real and simulated situations, discarding the need for extra training devices or expensive simulators.

ChemProX, What Else?

This new flagship product is, of course, “expensive” when compared to matured “old faithful” one… or is it? ChemProX features a big colour screen with a simple and intuitive interface.

The detector has in-built communication features which allow, for example, screen sharing to trainer and/or incident commander tablet.  When using the detctor, the operator can also “see” all team members real-time status and location, on the detector’s map view.

Each ChemProX has two in-built softwares.

  • ChemProXIP, for individual detectors monitoring, training, maintenance, and software / content updates.
  • ChemProX Mobile Command & Control & Training User Interface, a great feature for radio data groups, both for maintaining situational awareness or simulating training scenarios.

It also has the training mode with “Bluetooth technology” based chemical sources, and lots of other performance possibilities in one unit.

When users have all the state-of-art requirements and capabilities in one unit, they really save money and time, by getting new opportunities to increase their team’s efficiency.

Investing in a Resourceful Chemical Detector

Be aware that in many cases, the basic “standard” tool is enough, and usually one detector is enough. However, selecting and purchasing a detector is an investment for the future.

Can the mature “old faithful” devices be updated later to respond to certain requirements? How can those detectors be connected and share the information? How about the need for those extra training and simulators?

Perhaps establishing a few comparisons of acquisition price ratios, will open the eyes of the decision makers the real cost.

For the same money value that the customer acquired four old type chemical detectors plus four simulation sets, in reality they paid almost eight ChemProX chemical detectors with in-built simulation capability! And still all they got was only four chemical detectors! The same logic applies if the customer wants two detectors and two detectors simulation sets: with the same amount spent, they could have gotten over 5 ChemProX units. What is the overall saving vs capability and performance?

From Old Methods to Enhanced Performance

ChemProX users get future performance today.

ChemProX users can conduct realistic training scenarios without endangering operator or the environment.

They can use Bluetooth based chemical sources to simulate from point source screening, to large hazard areas. The trainer can use ChemProX training software to trigger alarms directly or to create GPS mapping contaminated areas.

As you can see, there is absolutely no need for external training devices, nor expensive simulation systems.

Save money, time, and recourses by using a real detector for training, instead of practicing using an external simulator.
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Toni Leikas

Training Manager

I am Toni, a CBRN professional with approximatelly 20-year experience in training and educating Security and CBRN matters. I have trained operators from over 50 different nationalities, from a wide range of occupational areas from First Responders to Scientists.

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