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Remote Training Site Warner Springs, CA

Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape [SERE] training is conducted at the US Navy's Remote Training Site in Warner Springs, CA. West Coast Navy/Marine Corps personnel who risk capture during wartime (e.g. aviators) undergo SERE training at the Remote Naval Training Facility in Warner Springs, CA.

The students gain the knowledge and confidence necessary to survive in a hostile environment until rescued. SERE instructions covers dealing with fatigue, fear, hunger, thirst, temperature, pain and boredom. The students are divided into elements, and spend days practicing map reading, navigation, fire building, water procurement and shelter building.

The students learn about survival techniques in an outdoor, hands-on environment. They learned different water procurement and purification techniques, constructed solar stills, and setup transpiration bags for water collection. They identified and ate edible plants. They also learned how to trap small game and field dress a rabbit for cooking and eating. They construct shelters with parachute material and camp out overnight in them. Students learn how to start fires using a variety of fire starting tools and techniques, and practice ground to air signalling using ground panels and Navy smoke flares.

Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Camp is located in a remote area near the community of Warner Springs in the northeastern San Diego County at an elevation of about 3200 feet. The Camp consist of a headquarters area with an administrative building, several staff barracks building, a wastewater treatment plant, and a training compound.

SERE Camp is a hundred percent dependent upon two wells for its water supply: Main Well (Well No. 1) and backup well (Well No. 2). The camp has no water supply connections with any other water systems. Storage at the camp is provided by the following three water storage tanks: 5,000 gallons raw water storage tank, 1,000 gallon hydro-pneumatic tank, and a 42,000 gallon bolted steel water storage tank.

 



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