Last year the New Zealand Fire Service attended over 5,200 structure fires, and within these there were 18 avoidable deaths caused by residential fires. New Zealand Fire Service launched a world-first initiative on Tuesday – a 360 degree and virtual reality (VR) experience – Escape My House. For the first time ever, the public can experience a real house fire first-hand and, along the way, learn why they need an escape plan. In this project, the public can experience online a house fire first-hand, using all real video footage from an actual house burning down. bFM reporter Jess Smith spoke to New Zealand Fire Service Station Officer and current Training Officer, Chris Kennedy, to learn more about the project.