Sigma Composites Launches Emergency Rescue Platform8 May 2013
Emergency services and disaster recovery teams will be able to reach people in need and carry them to safety more easily thanks to a new product developed by Sigma Composites.
The team has developed a lightweight, highly-portable assembly that can be used as a ladder and a gap crossing, as well as a stretcher if required.
Named the Emergency Rescue Platform’ (ERP), the assembly is made from a combination of carbon fibre and Kevlar, with each module measuring 390mm x 875mm x 75mm and weighing just over 3kg. The modules can be quickly and easily joined together to create ladders extending to 4.5m and capable of carrying up to 500kg; bridges spanning hazards up to 3m with a safe working load of 320kg; and even rapid evacuation stretchers.
Graham Sprowell, Technical Business Development Manager at Sigma Composites, said: “Taking less than two minutes to assemble, the ERP is suitable for use in all weather conditions, requires no general maintenance and can be used in all environments; from urban landscapes and scenes of accidents, to woodland, mountainous and desert terrain.
“We are currently trialling it with a number of emergency and disaster recovery organisations, and the results so far have been incredibly positive. We’re really excited by its potential.”
A military version of the ERP is also available and known as the Military DCC OCC. For further information, contact Sigma Composites Ltd. on +44 (0)1280 824498 or visit www.sigmacomposites.co.uk