Survitec has introduced a new lightweight design inflatable rescue boat capable of rapid single-point inflation to meet the unique demands of waterborne search and rescue operations by the emergency services. The Survitec 420 GP/GPM FR (Fast Rescue) boat was unveiled at The Emergency Services Show.
Based on military-grade technology, the seven-person boat is unique in that it is the emergency services sector’s first 4.2m long fast rescue craft that can be rapidly inflated using just one nine-litre self-contained carbon air cylinder. The GPM 420 is lightweight and is easily deployed, handled and operated to the criteria of DEFRA. It takes just 40 seconds to inflate.
“We have redesigned the manifolds to ensure the optimal amount of air is going to each compartment of the boat to minimise the amount of air expelled though pressure relieve valves,” said Scott Tonks, Maritime Defence Category Manager, Survitec.
“Smaller, fewer cylinders are needed for a more rapid inflation, which significantly increases the speed of deployment, resulting in faster emergency response times, potentially saving more lives.”
With multiple flooring options, the 420 GP/GPM FR can be packed and deployed in such a way that first responders can be deployed into the water from aircraft, vessels, piers and paths and with the FRB inflated in-situ.
Survitec has been working with fire and rescue services during the testing stage. Mr Tonks explained, “Before now fire and rescue services had to tow trailers and launch boats from slipways potentially some distance away from the location of the emergency, which obviously places limitations on water rescue capability. With this solution, responders can access the immediate emergency area, get the boat in the water safely and quickly, and get on with the job of saving lives.”