Posts Tagged ‘SERE’

Forces Focus – USAF SERE Specialist

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

US Air Force Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape Specialists join enlisted Pararescuemen and commissioned Combat Rescue Officers as part of the guardian Angel Weapon System charged with the execution of all five tasks of Personnel Recovery – report, locate, support, recover and reintegrate. Here you see but one aspect of the duties of a SERE Specialist; training and education.

Ultimate Survival Technologies – Sparkie

Saturday, October 18th, 2008

Ultimate Survival Technologies

The BlastMatch has been a mainstay in survival kits for many years. The BlastMatchâ„¢ utilzes a custom bar of high performance flint material which rotates 360 degrees to help prevent uneven wear. A tungsten carbide striker is built into the striker button. This combinatio0n generates three times the heat of a standard match. What’s more, it is weather proof.

Ultimate Survival Technologies - BlastMatchUltimate Survival Technologies - BlastMatch

UST is introducing a new product; the Sparkie. It is based on the same technology as the dependable Blastmatch but reduces it’s size and weight. Weighing in at an incredible one ounce, the Sparkie is designed to be used one-handed which can be crucial in a survival situation. The rubberized handle helps ensure you don’t lose your grip even when wet.

Ultimate Survival Technologies - Sparkie

For more information contact Ultimate Survival Technologies.


Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

Probably the most interesting product I saw at the Outdoor Retailer Summer market was a survival product called the AeroVest. manufactured by SolaTec, the AeroVest made from a lightweight metalized polyethylene, a material similar to a space blanket.
This is so it is not only durable but will reflect your body heat back towards you. Unlike a standard space blanket it is designed specifically to be worn and also utilizes trapped air as an additional insulation layer.


The 2 oz AeroVest comes standard in Orange but custom runs can be made in any color scheme. At OR they displayed an AeroVest made in UCP. Considered a one time use item it is only because it is difficult to get all of the air out of it once the 18 pockets are inflated. To inflate simply put the AeroVest on loosely, insert the straw provided with the vest into one of the two slots near the neck in the same manner as a juice pouch and blow (2 – 5 breaths) into the straw to inflate the vest. Repeat on the other side. You can remove the straw because the material is self-sealing. Small tears can be easily repaired with tape.


One size fits most and they mean it. The front opening is closed by a resealable adhesive that is good for about 30 closures. Of course use in an extremely dirty environment will reduce the number of times it will adhere.

AeroVest is made in the USA.

For more information contact AeroVest.

Diagram is property of AeroVest.

Saturday, July 26th, 2008

Check ’em out – ‘Nuff said.

Solkoa – SERE Products and Training

Thursday, June 5th, 2008

Solkoa Logo

Solkoa is well known in very tight circles for their specialized survival training. In conjunction with an expansion that provides both training and full E&E kits to a wider customer base, Solkoa has began to offer some of the individual pieces of their line. Solkoa specializes in working with the user to develop a dedicated kit or they can provide a variety of containers, survival aids, and general guidance so that the individual can develop their own solution. I hope to see a full article on the container in the near future, but sufficed to say that they are works of art; truly. Specialized symbols can be machined directly into the container.

I recently tried the fastfire fire starter. Like so many of their other products, each package is discreetly wrapped in a resealable black bag that does not scream military. Each package of two pieces of tinder is designed to start up to 16 fires and the tinder burns both smokeless and odorless.
Solkoa Fastfire

Further information on their line of survival and evasion aids and training can be obtained by those with appropriate credentials.

For more information contact Solkoa

For information specifically on the fastfire product visit fastfire.