Monday, April 27, 2009

HMMWV Egress Assistance Trainer (HEAT)

The HEAT teaches Soldiers how to get out of a vehicle after a rollover, either in water or on dry land. It is not as easy as it looks, especially with the extra weight of your gear and with equipment flying around in the vehicle. Oh, and there is that little part where you are trapped upside down by your seat belt. Do not try this at home!

3 comments:

Southern (in)Sanity said...

Wow. I can't imagine "practicing" something like that.

I was invited over here by coffeypot, so I hope to visit frequently.

Sojack said...

In this case, "practice" will not make "perfect", but it can certainly cut down on the panic.

CI-Roller Dude said...

I really wish the Army had these things before we deployed in 2004.
Our folks were trained on the 998 canvas jobs that are only about 6,000 lbs, then we got to Iraq and they had brand new drivers using the M1114s which are 12,000 + lbs...
Our Dumb Nat Guard leaders didn't think this would be a problem...until one rolled and crushed the gunner....
that gunner is sitll recovering from his injuries years later.
The simulators are great, but you still need good teachers to take the drivers out in real live vehicles and practice driving them to their limits.