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Practice Escape Environment

Make a simulator of a stricken vessel that "passengers" can devise ways of escaping from. This might produce safety procedures and devices hitherto unthought of, as the users struggle to solve the life-or-death puzzle.
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Goaded in the following manner by [8th], I detach this idea from the one linked to, as a separate, but related (by birth) idea:

// You should post that, [skoo] - "practice escape environment" or something. Pay your $5 and spend a happy couple of hours clambering through a dimly-lit labyrinth, which changes attitude over time and fills with water.

Plenty of foam protection on any corners, lifeguards in handy locations, and film it using IR cameras. Handsome certificate and a small prize for the first ones out. Importantly, no age limits; participants woulld have to sign a suitable liability wavier.//

The suggestion immediately suggests an actual company ideally placed to put this before some of those sane bastards they've got out there on the outside, with instructions to make it real: Disney. They have cruise ships, they have theme parks, they do simulations.

This is the idea alluded to: Put a bunch of rock climbers together with some children and pensioners in a shipping container you tilt this way and that, and you could even generate solutions by experimentation. (Rock climber job is to help others escape, and the job of those the climber helps is to say how horrible or how much fun it was.)

I can't think of anything to add at this point. Let me get that link and see if there's anything I should cut from my own comments that makes this clearer.

skoomphemph, Apr 19 2014

The idea this one flows from. Flipout_20floor_20ladders
When a ship tilts, some passages start to become cliffs, and passengers become trapped at the bottom of them - Proposed solution to that problem. [skoomphemph, Apr 19 2014]


       These are widely known to exist. I personally have trained inside an industrial facility escape simulator and a disaster- first responder simulator. One of my best friends trained in multiple submarine escape simulators while in the US Navy, and my mother trained in an airplane crash/escape simulator to get her FAA/USAF flight surgeon certification. I have also seen photos and videos of both Astronauts and Cosmonauts training in underwater escape simulators (to give some semblance of zero-g).
Alterother, Apr 19 2014

       Yes, but you can't just buy a ticket and go in. This is for Joe Public.
8th of 7, Apr 19 2014

       So get a job, hippie!
Alterother, Apr 19 2014

       Actually, the disaster response simulator is open to the public. You just go there and sign up for the class. That's how I got in.   

       Also, there's a really huge one at the University of Kentucky where members of the public are regularly recruited to play disaster victims.
Alterother, Apr 19 2014

       Also this raises another issue: Given that they're WKTE, why is it that ferries don't have adequate facilities for people to climb to safety when in unusual, but predictable attitudes? What have people been doing with these things all these years?   

       Also the escape simulator that has emerged from the discussion is perhaps a bit more abstract that the existing ones. It's more for exploration that for training.   

       What if the ferry does this unusual (but not crazy) thing? -- Let's see. Oops. Our passengers are all good climbers, but it looks like they're going to drown today.
skoomphemph, Apr 19 2014

       The South Pacific nations as whole generally aren't known for their stringent safety regulations, but beyond that I can tell you from personal experience that complacency can become a serious problem in a high-risk workplace. You become so familiar with your tools and environment that you forget how dangerous they can be, and then when new people come in they aren't properly indoctrinated to safety procedures that haven't been used in years. Then when the shit hits the fan half the workers don't know what to do and the rest are caught napping.   

       Now put the safety of hundreds of scared and trusting public in the hands of a crew like that.
Alterother, Apr 19 2014


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