Kiwi firefighters are set to benefit from the introduction of a new type of technology.
Firefighters will begin to use virtual reality training to prepare them for complex and unsafe scenarios.
The ‘FLAIM’ system, developed in Australia, simulates real-life situations, and includes protective clothing that generates realistic heat.
It means firefighters can fight big flames and take on the risks of a burning building, all while staying safe.
As well as the virtual reality goggles, a breathing apparatus, heat vest, suit, and interactive hose reel have also been developed.