Camp W.G. Williams
EST 2000 IV & VI

HMMWV Egress Assistance Trainer  (HEAT)

The purpose of the HEAT is to train Soldiers and all Department of Defense (DoD) personnel on the effects of rollover and conduct drills that will provide the skill and ability to react properly during a rollover and/or emergency egress situation. Soldiers should receive proper preparation and training to survive an inverted event. The HEAT, linked with substantive training, may reduce/prevent rollover injuries and fatalities. The device will reinforce the importance of seat positioning, wearing seatbelts, demonstrating the feeling of being disoriented, and the actual effort that is required to execute rollover and emergency egress procedures. The trainer will allow individuals and crews to rehearse and physically execute the necessary steps required to survive a vehicle rollover. Conducting the training under controlled conditions will allow vehicle occupants to gain experience in the proper egress procedures. This training is necessary for Soldiers to achieve self-control and overcome the natural fear and panic following the catastrophic event which led to the vehicle rollover event.

The HEAT is a training device designed to meet the Army specific training needs of Soldiers, institutions and the operational environment. It is required to support the commander´┐Żs requirements for initial, sustainment training, and leader development capabilities. Hands-on training in a replicated tactical vehicle affords commanders the capability to immerse Soldiers in a replicated operational environment (without risking the safety of Soldiers, damaging expensive equipment, or potentially polluting/destroying the environment). The HEAT training device also allows Soldiers to perform crew drills in the correct geo-spatial environment that are too dangerous for the live environment.

The Army continues to experience vehicle roll-over accidents. Currently there is no approved training device that exposes a Soldier to the actual effect of being inverted in a vehicle. There does not exist in the Force Projection or Training Base a device/system to support this critical training need. The HEAT will assist commanders in providing that initial familiarization training IAW HMMWV rollover and emergency egress procedures and as well as sustainment training. Each driver compartment will replicate the interior configuration of the vehicle. The device will permit students to become familiar with the arrangement of the HMMWV internal environment and system controls should a rollover occur. The device is designed to increase the situational awareness of vehicle rollover by permitting the instructor to observe driver performance and reactions to emergency conditions without requiring the use of an actual vehicle for initial driving and sustainment training.

Submit requests for this facility through RFMSS.  For more information click here:  RFMSS Scheduling
*IMPORTANT*: In your request you must note whether you have a trained operator by clicking on the comment field and naming your trained HEAT Operator for your event.  Otherwise, state that you need an operator.

HEAT Training Tasks


TAG LETTER dated 10 June 2009

LOCATION Bldg 1270, Camp Williams