By Michael Schaffer
---- — Friday morning several local public officials and Iowa Rep. Dave Loebsack were given an in-depth look at a virtual training public safety program developed by Centerville-based MediaTech.
John “Rocky” White, MediaTech president and CEO, guided visitors through a PowerPoint presentation describing the “Virtual Table Top” software program, described the software and answered questions.
John Arnold, MediaTech product and sales development representative, assisted in answering questions and describing the program.
“VTT” is a web-based tool for conducting enhanced table top exercises. Facilitators and users add custom backgrounds sepcific to individual locations, place objects, features, roads, hazards and equipment in a scene to visualize an emergency scenario and appropriate response actions.
Emergency scenarios “VTT” can replicates includes fires, plane crashes, tornadoes, traffic accidents, chemical spills, chemical explosions, mud slides, active shooters ... or just about anything the mind can think of in terms of manmade or natural disasters.
“VTT” can be programed to simulate emergency scenarios so law enforcement, fire, emergency management, city, county, schools, hospitals, business and even private individuals can have actually anticipated for and have a plan in place to deal with a tactical, operational or strategic response.
Rep. Loebsack was impressed.
“It’s as close as you are