The Hydra foundation is the community of ideas supporting the Hydra immersive learning methodologies. There are 85 Hydra simulation centres throughout the world, this community is focussed on providing real learning and research opportunities for expert practitioners working in the fields of; Emergency Services, Criminal Justice, Military, Government and Humanitarian Agencies.
Hydra is an immersive, interactive environment for delivering exercises to develop decision makers to better manage Critical Incidents. The methodology provides highly realistic simulations of events, enabling key staff to respond in real time to both immediate critical pressured events and also to consider their strategic impact on both their institution and the public. Delegates are able to record difficult decisions and uniquely, also record their rich and detailed rationale. This approach to ‘show your working’ is further discussed in ‘time-out’ sessions within the exercise, by trained and skilled facilitators.
Hydra methodologies have been evolving for over 25 years and the latest version ‘Hydra in the Cloud’ (HITC), provides a wealth of additional learning methodologies and remote capabilities. It is our desire to have all of the existing Hydra suites converted to use the versatile HITC within the next 12 months. The beauty of the web based system is, it can be run virtually anywhere where an internet portal is available. The methodologies available using HITC extend the original concept by order of magnitude. HITC can be operated with delegates geographically separated from the Hydra centre. A Hydra remote syndicate can exist at any number of locations enabling the globalisation of the Hydra method. In the evolving international arena where critical incidents can and are linked across continents, a system able to simulate this with real delegates from real locations is indeed powerful and necessary.
Building a timeline for exercises delivered in HITC is simple, intuitive and fast, enabling subject matter experts to build, modify and deliver events without the requirement being constrained.
Hydra was originally designed to assist Police and Fire services within the UK in dealing with critical incidents; it has always been and continues to be, the philosophy of the Hydra Foundation to provide the Hydra software and all updates at no charge to the Police and Fire services. To other institutions charges are made for support and training.
The Hydra Foundation will only supply a licence to public or private companies who comply with its ‘save lives mission’.
The core values of the Hydra Foundation centre on a community of ideas.
This community must feel free to share research, share successes, and share creativity and be encouraged in the development of new and exciting approaches in the design and delivery of immersive methodologies. All of the Hydra community must recognise that the free exchange of ideas is pivotal to its collective identity and purpose. The community spans; public sector, academia, private enterprise and is global. The Hydra Foundation exists, not only to progress this work but also to ensure its existing operational research is made available to its stakeholders.