CES Airmen prepare for MRAP rollovers
By Airman 1st Class Phillip Houk, 460 Space Wing Public Affairs
/ Published November 20, 2012
BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BACE, Colo. -- 460th Civil Engineering Squadron Airmen performed mine resistant ambush protected emergency rollover and egress training Nov. 15 at Fort Carson.
"We had a sudden large influx of new Airmen," said Master Sgt. John Keller, 460th CES unit deployment manager. "These individuals have not had the opportunity to do deployment training or deploy."
MRAP training simulates the dangers associated with a military vehicle roll over, complete with full 360 degree movement. Airmen are trained to safely exit the vehicle, assist injured personnel, and secure the perimeter.
"In the event that the vehicle is flipped over you need to be able to get out of the vehicle safely and securely because it is likely on fire or you could be in danger," said Staff Sgt Timothy Henderson, 460th CES emergency management NCO in charge. "Also getting out of an upside down vehicle is much more difficult than just getting out of a vehicle.
"The training allows the Airmen to feel the effects of being upside down and know the steps to get out, So that even if for some reason they are not able to follow all of the steps covered today, they can remember this training," Henderson continued.
The group of specialized Airmen assigned to the 460th CES are responsible for maintaining the base where they are stationed or deployed to. Their responsibilities are spread across the base, and range from routine maintenance to working on the flight line.