The Enhanced Dynamic Geo-Social Environment (EDGE) is a multiplayer, scalable, online training environment for first responders—single agencies or across agency, jurisdiction, or discipline—for a coordinated response to critical incidents. Built on the Unreal Engine, the platform allows responders of all disciplines to assume discipline-based avatars and simultaneously role-play complex response scenarios. The first scenario, an active shooter incident at a local hotel, brings law enforcement, fire, emergency medical services, dispatch, and unified command together. This EDGE scenario is now available for free to all U.S. first responder agencies.
EDGE is a game-based software training application that emphasizes flexibility and ease-of-use. EDGE’s First Responder Sandbox (FRS) is designed to allow responders to train for coordinated response to various types of emergency events (e.g., active shooter, hostage, fire, mayhem) both in a virtual environment via the Internet or locally in a classroom environment. Available training roles in FRS v1.2.1 include: law enforcement, firefighter, EMS, dispatcher, unified command, civilians, and suspect. Instructors and role players may enhance training by participating as armed suspects or unarmed civilians.
EDGE is a training environment that is intended to be a group tool where multiple trainees can assume any of the roles above to execute the desired training. It is not intended to be a single-trainee environment. EDGE is not a training course in the traditional sense, but rather it is a tool instructors use to train their first responder teams in a safe environment, where scenarios can be changed or re-run as many times as necessary to provide a wide range of training possibilities. EDGE also has an after-action review capability where training sessions can be replayed with full pause, rewind, and fast-forward controls to highlight key training points.
Agency budgets often limit the amount of live training that first responders can conduct or participate in. The EDGE platform, while not intended to replace live training, provides the perfect way to augment and reinforce live training without the cost of a full-up live exercise.
Who can access and train with EDGE?
EDGE is available free of charge to all first responder organizations, including:
- Federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial government law enforcement organizations
- Federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial government or volunteer fire fighting organizations
- Federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial government or validated for profit emergency medical services organizations
- Federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial government emergency management organizations
How to obtain EDGE
First responder agencies: visit www.cesiedgetraining.com to receive more information about obtaining copies of the EDGE software and setting up a user account. You can also call 877-EDGE-011 (877-334-3011, select “3”) to reach the EDGE help desk.
What type of computer equipment is needed to run EDGE?
- Processor: Intel I5 2XXX (2nd generation)
- Memory: 8GB Memory
- Video Card: NVidia GEFORCE GTX 460 1024MB
- Hard Drive: 4 GB available Hard Drive Space
- Operating System: Windows 7 Home or Professional
- Additional Software Required and included:
- .NET Framework Redistributable 4.6
- Stereo headphones with microphone (for 3D sound)
- Processor: Intel® Core™i7-3930K 3.20GHz
- Memory: 16.0 GB
- Video Card: GeForce GTX 680 or greater
Additional EDGE Resources
- S&T Blog: Tune in to S&T’s Tech Talk on Free First Responder Training
- Snapshot: The Cutting EDGE: New Virtual Training Prepares First Responders for Active Shooter Incidents
- Press Release: Virtual Training for Active Shooter Incidents Now Available to First Responders
- Fact Sheet: EDGE Virtual Training: Simulation Tool for First Responders
- Video: EDGE Facebook Live Tech Talk
- Video: EDGE Virtual Training Revisited
- EDGE Photo Gallery