The Virtual Reality FireFighter Trainer Unit has been developed in close collaboration with the Damage Control Center of the Belgian Navy and OneBonsai. It can be used to train firefighting personnel for specific situations, including the opening of hatches, entering buildings or rooms, and large scale fire fighting. The VR simulation focuses on providing a good experience to get acquainted to the fire fighting procedure and possible hazards. Additionally, a real firehose is to be integrated into the VR experience to provide enhanced tactile feedback during the VR simulation.

This development is part of the DAP18/04 project.

After having developed a VR Firetrainer for the Belgian Navy, the RMA and OneBonsai are proud to announce that the Cyber Innovation Hub from the German Bundeswehr has picked up on our Triple-Helix research and is further developing this application to suit their own needs. See, .

Funded by the Royal Higher Institute for Defence, with support from OneBonsai and the Belgian Navy.

2019 – 2023

Rob Haelterman

Timothée Fréville


  • M. Bellemans et al., “Training Firefighters in Virtual Reality,” 2020 International Conference on 3D Immersion (IC3D), 2020, pp. 01-06, doi: 10.1109/IC3D51119.2020.9376336.

External links

Het leger ontwikkelt VR-toepassingen via triple helix model (Kanaal Z, Z-Defensie, 03/11/21)

OneBonsai laat Defensie virtuele branden blussen (Kanaal Z, 04/10/21)

Inspirational Blue Wave-award (Blue Innovation Awards 2021)