UNDERWATER EGRESS: FACTORS AND CONSIDERATIONS FOR GETTING OUT ALIVE

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Egress

Escaping a submerged vehicle or aircraft is definitely not something that we think about that often, but according to the National Highway and Transportation Administration, about 400 people die every year in the U.S. from drowning in their vehicles. For example: Man rescued after car plunges into water and 2 dead, 1 injured after car crashes into Potomac River. We probably all remember the miracle on the Hudson River Read More

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HACK FOR DRYING GLOVES ON THE FLY

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Problem: Cold/Wet Hands

It’s not always convenient to wear bulky winter gloves with a gortex shell since most of the work people do with their hands involve more complex motor skills. If you’re wearing lightweight gloves, they’re probably not waterproof and that means they are going to get wet and your hands are going to get cold. One trick that most of us SERE Specialists use is drying gloves in the belt line. I carry two pair (wearing one set while drying the other) which allows for continuously warm/dry gloves. Read More

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BOOBY-TRAPS: AWESOME, BUT ALSO PRACTICAL

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Intra-office shenanigans

Twelve of us in the office act busy at our computers while keeping one eye on the target as he enters the room and makes his way to the trap armed at his desk. Without alarming the target, everyone tries to smoothly jockey for a clear view of the explosion that is moments away. He moves towards his chair as everyone grimaces in anticipation, but then heads over to the community fridge to grab his lunch. Read More

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