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SmartDock Win Leads To Safer Ride For Texas Firefighters

Issue 9 and Volume 14.

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The SmartDock Gen 2 SCBA holder

A drawing to win SCBA holders at the Fire Department Instructors Conference generated new business for LifeGuard Technologies and improved safety measures at the Windcrest (Texas) Volunteer Fire Department.

Windcrest, located in suburban San Antonio and serving a population of 22,000, won four SmartDock Gen 2 SCBA holders at the LifeGuard Technologies FDIC booth.  Lt. Gina Marsh, whose name was selected, said she and her team of four were convinced to purchase SmartDock after first-hand experience at the trade show.  

“We were looking for new SCBA holders, and we went through the demo in the LifeGuard booth,” she said. “We loved the product. And we made a bet with the chief that if one of us won the drawing, he would equip the rest of our trucks with 12 more SmartDocks.”

Windcrest Chief Dan Reese plans to follow through on his commitment to equip other trucks in the fleet with SmartDock at the beginning of the next budget year, according to Windcrest Capt. Joe Moran.

“We had spent $650,000 on a new Rosenbauer truck, and we invested in a lot of improvements to make it easy for firefighters to use,” Moran said. “The SCBA holders on that truck were the only thing causing complaints and difficulties for the firefighters.”  

A side benefit, he noted, is improved use of seat belts on the truck equipped with SmartDock. 

“Before, the guys would do two things to get around buckling their belts, so they wouldn’t have to sit against the SCBA holder and potentially get stuck,” Moran said. “They would sit on the edge of the seat to avoid putting pressure on the sensor. Or they buckled their seat belt behind them. Now we have a policy on seat belt use, and we also have a product that works, so usage has greatly improved.”  

SmartDock Gen 2 is the only hands-free SCBA holder for fire apparatus, according to LifeGuard. The system provides single-motion insertion of the SCBA, holds it securely in place while in transit and releases it using no straps or levers, the company said. 

LifeGuard Technologies, a division of IMMI, based in Westfield, Ind., develops and supplies restraint systems and airbag protection for customers worldwide.

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