The direct aim of the training in a smoke chamber is to make trainees acquainted with rules of walking in high smoke zones as well as strengthening their skills related to the evacuation of victims. An indirect aim is improving their skills in operating in two-strong teams of rescuers as well as in the proper usage of individual protection equipment.
The smoke chamber is a characteristic training simulator for exercises for all rescue services and crews working on ships. A specific psychological training takes place in the smoke chamber. The smoke chamber is a maze with obstacles, where visibility is limited due to smoke. Other ‘attractions’ include sound and visual effects as well as the option to change the setting of obstacles.
In addition to coping with stress, the smoke chamber requires the analysis of a current situation and fast reactions. Walking through the maze teaches cooperation and builds trust to other rescue crew members.