RENO, Nev. (775 Times, NV Globe) – Public works personnel from the city and county engaged in a two-hour training program that featured a virtual snow plow simulator during the previous two days.
The training, which is a first in our region, allows crew members to become accustomed to handling a 60,000-pound piece of machinery.
“We experience whiteouts where you cant see anything in front of you, the icy situations, cars pulling out in front of you…its extremely dangerous and super hard to stop when you’re a weight of 60,000 pounds on the road, and people will walk out in front of you…so safety-wise, its immeasurable, the training that they’re getting,” said Tim Hendricks, Maintenance and Operations Manager for the City of Reno.
The simulator includes a variety of scenarios for learners to experience while driving.
“In this simulation they encounter people walking out in front of them, they encounter cars pulling out in front of them, semis going by them, accident situations, animals so they kind of get an idea of what’s out there before they have to deal with it in real life time,” said Hendricks.
L3 Harris sponsored the seminar, which was brought to our region via the joint efforts of Nevada LTAP and the City of Reno.
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