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SMART trailer helps restore firefighters in rough conditions

| Staff Reporters
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.


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