The Airport Emergency Response Operations Simulation (AEROS), developed as part of ACRP Project 04-04, provides a training-centered suite of exercise scenarios focused on decisionmaking during airport emergency management situations. The purpose of AEROS is to provide web-based exercises for the command roles in the emergency operations center (EOC) for the FAA-required hazards (as listed in Part 139.325 scenarios). Decisionmakers receive immediate feedback both during the simulation and afterwards in a post-review. The tool provides a common environment for a range of training from initial familiarization for a novice through full team collaboration for expert-level performers. The tool can be used individually or as a facilitated exercise.
The objectives of this research are to (1) assess the overall usefulness of the AEROS simulation tool and its scenarios and (2) provide recommendations, as applicable, to ensure its effectiveness as a training tool for the airport industry. The research should include:
1. An evaluation of the AEROS simulation software compared to other simulation software tools from other industries (see Special Note B) to determine best practices that are effective in training novice through expert-level responders in their roles and responsibilities in emergency response.
2. Field evaluations and usability reviews of the AEROS tool and its scenarios to determine usefulness to airports. Evaluations of all scenarios should be conducted, be geographically diverse, include responders from each anticipated EOC role, represent Index A-E airports, and allow all participants an opportunity to provide feedback.
3. Definition of the audience(s) where the tool will provide the most value to the airport industry, including the best way to familiarize the user community(s) with the use of the tool.
STATUS: This project is being continued as ACRP 04-04B as Emergency Management Training for Airport Critical Incidents