The SmartDock Gen 2
Beaumont Fire Department located in southeast Texas, and serving a population of 116,000, was the winner of four SmartDock Gen 2 SCBA holders at the LifeGuard Technologies booth at the 2009 Fire Rescue International Show and wants more of them.
Assistant Chief Charles Mullins, whose name was selected from about 120 entered in the drawing, said that after using the product, he’s ready to equip his entire fleet of twelve pumpers and three aerials.
“[We] all hit a technological home run with [this] one,” he said. “Firefighters don’t have to fight with the release mechanism, so it probably saves them around 15 seconds each time they have to get out of the truck.”
Mullins anticipates improvement in seatbelt use with the new holders. “Some of the guys have probably stopped using their belts consistently because it’s so difficult to get out of the seat,” he said. “Hopefully this will improve compliance.”
LifeGuard develops and supplies restraint systems and airbag protection worldwide.