CAMP PENDLETON, CA, UNITED STATES
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – “Roll over! Roll over! Roll over!” the Marines screamed as they were tossed around inside the vehicle.
Luckily, this was merely a training scenario that provided Marines and sailors with Combat Logistics Battalion 11, Combat Logistics Regiment 17, 1st Marine Logistics Group, a realistic approach to what it might feel like in a vehicle rollover, as they took part in a Humvee Egress Assistance Trainer, here, April 4.
The training aimed to prepare service members for their upcoming deployment with 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit.
“This is good training,” said Sgt. Marcos Bustos, career planner, CLB-11, CLR-17, 1st MLG. “If we ever experience a vehicle rollover, we need to know what to do to get a fellow Marine or sailor out safely.”
Weighing more than 8,000 pounds, HEAT is a simulated vehicle designed to help Marines improve their techniques for safely exiting a vehicle and evacuating a wounded service member after a vehicle has flipped over or landed on its side. The simulator rotates and can stop either upside down or sideways. The Marines went through various scenarios in which fellow passengers were wounded or knocked out as a result of the rollover and Marines had to evacuate the simulated casualty.
“It feels like a real vehicle accident,” said Lance Cpl. Alexandra Gunst, warehouse clerk, Supply, CLB-11, CLR-17, 1st MLG. “We were tossed around and then afterward we had to exit the vehicle and pull out the ones who were hurt.”
After the course, the Marines and sailors of CLB-11 were better prepared for their deployment which is scheduled for mid-summer.
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