I was sold.
We ordered the Safety Shuttle with a 300’ Ice Rescue Reel and Sling. We were impressed by the quality of the construction and the many integrated features. After some classroom training including instructional videos, we put it through some real world testing.
Everyone was impressed with the ease of use. We tested the Shuttle at night in realistic conditions using both “conscious” and “un-conscious” victims. Even with multiple evolutions, ice buildup and other equipment freeze ups, the Shuttle continued to perform great. We even had firefighters new to ice rescue performing recues with ease. Also notable was the reduced stress and strain on the patient.
All-in-all, the best ice rescue product for we have ever used!
Over the past 10 years, I have used several different types of Ice and Water rescue equipment, both in training and in actual rescue operations. I have been directly involved in the Fire Rescue Service for 31 years, 21 of which I worked with the Marine Institute in their fire rescue training division. I feel the equipment offered by MARSARS® is by far the most user friendly and easy to operate equipment there is on the market today. The simple operations allows rescuers to gain quick access to would be victims in minimal time while being 100% plus safe.
I feel that the MARSARS® system is by far the best Ice and Water rescue equipment we have used to date and would recommend this equipment to any type of Ice/Water rescue organization.
A very big advantage of working with MARSARS® is the depth of experience that they have. They have seen so many practice and actual rescues and have incorporated the lesson learned into their system. We feel confident that we will not have to reinvent a system and that solutions to the many challenges of ice rescue have already been designed into the MARSARS® system.
As both a fire chief for many years and Executive Director of the FIRE Institute, I can recommend MARSARS® without reservation.