In 2020, an F-22 Raptor crashed deep within the Eglin range. In the barren location with nothing but trees, snakes, fires, and jet plane wreckage, emergency responders endured sweltering 100-degree May heat for hours without access to restrooms or just a cool place to sit down and recharge.
U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Joseph Shelton, Eglin Air Force Base lead firefighter, shows to a crowd the Eglin Fire and Emergency Services Specialized Mobile Advanced Rehab Technologies Trailer at the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Convention Center, Oct. 24, 2023. The SMART Trailer provides a climate chamber, restroom, decontamination shower, a place to store contaminated gear, provide hydration and charge batteries. The 96th Test Wing’s Innovation Spark Cell funded the SMART trailer and it’s the only one Air Force wide. Photos by Michelle Gigante.
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