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Here are the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about 2D Dummies™.

A 2D Dummy is a patent-pending training tool that brings a new level of realism to public safety drills. With its ability to simulate the physical characteristics and heat signature of a human body in a two-dimensional format, the 2D Dummy is the perfect tool for adding a realistic element to your training.

Our products embody the essence of our slogan ‘Rescue Training Made Real’ by delivering an unparalleled level of realism and authenticity in search and rescue training. With our innovative solutions like the 2D Dummies™, we provide public safety professionals with training tools that replicate real-life scenarios, enabling them to develop critical skills and prepare for the challenges they’ll encounter in the field.

The thermal feature of 2D Dummies is a groundbreaking innovation that allows them to replicate the heat signature of a human. Each manikin is coated with a special film that mimics a thermal signature similar to that of a real person. This enables the manikins to be easily detectable with a thermal infrared camera during training exercises. By incorporating this thermal feature, 2D Dummies provide a heightened level of realism to search and rescue training scenarios. Trainees can effectively practice using thermal imaging technology to locate and identify potential targets, simulating real-world situations where human heat signatures need to be detected, such as finding missing persons or identifying victims in disaster zones. The ability of 2D Dummies™ to replicate heat signatures is a patent-pending feature that enhances the authenticity and effectiveness of search and rescue training, ensuring that trainees develop the necessary skills and expertise to respond swiftly and accurately in emergency situations.

We offer shipping services to various countries outside the United States. Additionally, we provide 2D dummies to specific countries with Delivered Duty Paid (DDP) terms. With this term, we handle all the duties and taxes, making sure that your order arrives smoothly at your doorstep. If you want to know more about international orders and the list of countries we serve, please contact our sales department at [email protected].

2D Dummies are highly versatile and can be utilized in various training scenarios beyond search and rescue operations. Their realistic representation and customizable features make them valuable assets in a range of public safety training exercises.

Some of the additional training scenarios where 2D Dummies can be effectively employed include:

  • Urban Search and Rescue (USAR): 2D Dummies can simulate victims trapped in collapsed structures, aiding in USAR training for locating and extracting individuals in challenging environments.


  • Disaster Response: These manikins can replicate individuals in distress during natural disasters, such as earthquakes or hurricanes, assisting in training responders to efficiently locate and provide aid to survivors.


  • Active Shooter Drills: 2D Dummies can be positioned as injured individuals in active shooter scenarios, enabling law enforcement and emergency personnel to practice rapid response and casualty care in high-stress situations.


  • Tactical Training: The customizable nature of 2D Dummies allows them to mimic armed subjects or hostages, enhancing tactical training exercises for law enforcement agencies.


The adaptability of 2D Dummies makes them an indispensable tool for public safety organizations seeking to enhance their training programs across various emergency scenarios. Whether it’s honing search and rescue skills or preparing for dynamic tactical situations, these manikins provide a realistic training experience that fosters skill development, decision-making, and teamwork.

2D Dummies can be fully customized to match a wide range of physical characteristics, ethnicity, and physical features, making them an essential tool for various training scenarios. Whether you need manikins that represent different heights, body types, races, genders, or specific physical attributes, our customization options can meet your specific project requirements.

Moreover, for training exercises that require the replication of specific conditions such as diseases or injuries, 2D Dummies can be tailored to simulate those conditions accurately. This level of customization enhances the realism of training scenarios and enables trainees to develop critical skills in handling diverse situations.

At 2D Dummies, we understand the importance of creating training tools that closely match real-world conditions. We are committed to providing you with highly customizable manikins that align with your training objectives, ensuring an immersive and effective training experience. Please reach out to our team to discuss your specific customization needs and to explore the options available.

2D Dummies significantly enhance search and rescue training by providing a realistic and immersive training experience for public safety drone teams. These innovative manikins are specifically designed to replicate real-life rescue scenarios, enabling trainees to develop essential skills required for successful search and rescue operations.

The key ways in which 2D Dummies enhance search and rescue training are:

  1.   Realism: 2D Dummies closely resemble real people when viewed from above, providing an accurate representation of potential rescue scenarios. This lifelike simulation ensures that trainees experience the visual cues and challenges they may encounter during actual missions.
  2.   Heat Signature Replication: With their unique thermal feature, 2D Dummies replicate the heat signature of a human, making them detectable with a thermal infrared camera. This realistic replication enables trainees to practice using thermal imaging technology to locate individuals, enhancing their ability to identify potential victims and increase the efficiency of rescue efforts.
  3.   Critical Skills Development: By training with 2D Dummies, drone teams can develop critical skills such as pattern recognition, target identification, and situational awareness. These skills are vital for effectively locating and rescuing people in emergency situations, where every second counts.
  4.   Versatility: 2D Dummies can be fully customized and used in various training scenarios, including urban search and rescue, disaster response, and active shooter drills. This versatility allows organizations to tailor their training exercises to specific needs and challenges, ensuring comprehensive skill development.


By incorporating 2D Dummies into first responder training programs, public safety organizations can improve response times, decision-making abilities, and overall operational effectiveness. These manikins offer a realistic, cost-effective, and practical solution to enhance the training of drone teams, ultimately saving lives and making a significant impact in the field of search and rescue.

**Are governmental entities exempt from sales tax on purchases from 2D DUMMIES?**

Yes, governmental entities in Florida, such as states, counties, municipalities, and political subdivisions, are exempt from sales and use tax and must obtain a Consumer’s Certificate of Exemption (Form DR-14) to ensure a tax-exempt purchase. You can apply for this certificate by visiting Application for a Consumer’s Certificate of Exemption. For a complete guide on the tax exemption process and to download the necessary forms, please refer to FL Government Entities Exemption Information page.

Federal agencies automatically qualify for sales tax exemption without the need for a Florida Consumer’s Certificate of Exemption, and there is no necessity to apply for one.

Should you require assistance or have any questions regarding the exemption process, feel free to reach out to us and we’ll be happy to help guide you through the process.

Yes, the 2D Dummy is designed to be weather-resistant and can be used in various weather conditions. Whether it’s a sunny day, rainy weather, or even colder temperatures, the 2D Dummy is built to withstand different weather elements. The manikin’s construction materials and waterproof features ensure its durability and functionality, allowing for reliable training in diverse environments. Trainers and trainees can confidently incorporate the 2D Dummy into their training sessions, knowing that it can perform effectively regardless of the weather conditions.

Yes, each 2D Dummy is waterproof and can be utilized both on and under the water’s surface. It is an excellent training tool for simulating water rescues, swift water operations, and underwater search and recovery exercises. The waterproof construction ensures durability, allowing the 2D Dummy to maintain its functionality even when exposed to water.

Trainers can confidently incorporate the manikin into aquatic training sessions, whether practicing on the water’s surface or conducting exercises beneath the surface. With the versatile and waterproof 2D Dummy, rescue divers can develop critical skills and techniques needed for successful underwater search and rescue missions.

Setting up and using the 2D Dummy during training sessions is designed to be straightforward and user-friendly. The manikin is lightweight and portable, making it easy to transport to different training locations. When it comes to setup, the 2D Dummy comes with convenient features that simplify the process. The included landscape anchor pins and screw-in anchor points provide stability, ensuring the manikin stays securely in place during exercises. Trainers can quickly position the 2D Dummy in the desired location and adjust it as needed for specific training scenarios.

For optical camera training, the 2D Dummy is positioned face up, allowing trainees to practice using optical cameras to locate and identify targets. Its lifelike appearance and realistic features provide a visually accurate representation for optical camera exercises, ensuring trainees can develop essential skills in pattern recognition and target identification.

For thermal infrared camera training, the 2D Dummy is positioned with its reverse side facing up. This side of the manikin is coated with a special film that replicates the heat signature of a human, making it detectable with a thermal infrared camera. By utilizing the thermal feature, trainees can practice using thermal imaging technology to locate and assess targets based on their heat signatures, enhancing their ability to identify individuals even in challenging environments.

To guide users in securely setting up the 2D Dummy, a helpful video demonstration can be accessed by scanning the QR code on the bag containing the anchor pins or by visiting the following link: This instructional video provides a step-by-step guide on effectively securing the 2D Dummy, ensuring a stable training experience.

Yes, we offer bulk discounts for customers interested in purchasing multiple 2D Dummies. We understand the importance of providing cost-effective solutions for public safety organizations and training facilities.

Our bulk pricing options are designed to accommodate varying needs and budgets, making it more affordable to equip your team with the necessary training resources. For specific details and pricing options regarding bulk purchases, please reach out to our sales team.

Yes, 2D Dummies can be used effectively in indoor and outdoor training environments. Their lifelike appearance and customizable features make them valuable assets in various training scenarios. However, it’s important to note that the thermal feature of 2D Dummies will not work indoors due to the controlled temperature environment. Nevertheless, the manikins can still be utilized for visual search techniques, pattern recognition, and other essential skills development in indoor settings.

2D Dummies™ guarantees 100% customer satisfaction.

If you’re not completely satisfied with the product you receive, please contact us. We will first make every attempt to replace your item at no cost. If we are unable to provide a satisfactory replacement, 2D Dummies  will provide a full refund.

Shipping & Delivery

At 2D Dummies, we are committed to delivering your order promptly and ensuring a seamless shopping experience. Please review our shipping policy and additional convenience features:

Shipping Policy:

We strive to get your order to you as soon as possible. Here’s our policy for shipping our two-dimensional rescue manikins and accessories:

– In-Stock Dummies: If the dummy you have ordered is currently in stock, it will typically be shipped the next business day to expedite delivery.

– Out-of-Stock Dummies: In the event that the dummy you have ordered is temporarily out of stock, we will make every effort to ship it within 5 to 12 days. We appreciate your understanding and patience during this time.

– International Shipping: We currently ship to a wide range of countries. However, if your country is not listed as one of our shipping destinations, please reach out to us with the name of your country. We will promptly provide you with the applicable shipping charge for your location.

Convenience Features:

We understand the importance of convenience and have implemented additional features to assist you:

– Text Inquiries: To check the availability of a specific 2D Dummy or for any other inquiries, you can now directly text us from our contact page. Our dedicated team will promptly respond and provide updates on product availability.

Thank you for choosing 2D Dummies for your rescue training needs. If you have any questions, concerns, or require further assistance regarding shipping or any other aspect of your order, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We are here to provide exceptional service and ensure your satisfaction.