Published on September 4th, 2019 | by Emergent Enterprise0
Walmart Employees Say VR Training Helped Save Lives During El Paso Shooting
VR training helps simulate dangerous situations. Perhaps never was this more evident than for the Walmart store in El Paso. Kyle Melnick reports at VRScout on how the employees were able to use their VR active shooter training knowledge to respond to the very real life disaster that happened at their location on August 3, 2019. Yes, employees could have received this knowledge from traditional training such as role play, video or an elearning module. But none would prepared them like VR that caused them to actually experience what one day became the real thing.
Employees claim active shooter training helped them respond faster to the situation.
Photo source: Walmart
Earlier this month, a deadly mass shooting took place at a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas, claiming the lives of 22 individuals and injuring 24 others. According to Walmart CEO Doug McMillon, that number could have potentially been higher had it not been for the companies active shooter VR training included as part of the Walmart Academy experience.
During an interview with Fortune, McMillan stated that members of the El Paso Walmart management team, as well as associates, felt that their experience in the companies VR training module helped them better navigate the shooting as it occurred.
“I’ve been to Southaven, and I went to El Paso on Tuesday [Aug. 6], and I spoke with our associates and our management team there, and heard from all of them. And I can tell you, from conversations with them, they all appreciate and recognize how much that training helped. It’s a virtual reality experience,” states McMillon. “I’ve done it myself. And there’s something about doing that through VR that helps you, in some ways, live the experience and understand the steps that you need to take in an active shooter situation.”
“Because the management team [in El Paso] acted so fast and engaged other associates and executed the plan, we all feel very confident that lives were saved and seconds were gained. So, we’re appreciative of that fact, and the decision that the leadership team had made here to make the training happen quarterly, I think helped as well.”