Neoteric Hovercraft, Inc.  

Terre Haute,  IN 
United States
http://www.neoterichovercraft.com
  • Booth: 2704

Neoteric Hovercraft, Inc.

Save lives safely – and stay above the danger, not in it

Let the world's original light hovercraft manufacturer show you the safest, quickest way to rescue ice, swiftwater, flood and mud victims. A Neoteric rescue hovercraft, recognized as the industry standard, lets you go where no other vehicle can go. It gives you access to areas a boat and even a helicopter can't reach. And it’s the only hovercraft available with reverse thrust for braking and backing up - critical in rescue operations.

Visit Booth #2704 to see why first responders in 50+ nations rely on the safest, most versatile rescue apparatus available. Each Neoteric rescue hovercraft is custom made with a wide array of rescue equipment options, guaranteed for its lifetime, and flight training is free with purchase.

And be sure to register for your chance to win one of three FREE flight training courses, valued at $1,575 each!

Brands: Neoteric Rescue Hovercraft, Specialty vehicles, Swiftwater rescue, Rescue boats, Life rafts, Rescue equipment, Rescue apparatus, Rescue vehicles, Flood rescue, Mud rescue, Water rescue, Ice rescue


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  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    March 11, 2017

    The FDIC (Fire Department Instructor Conference) is the world’s largest conference and exhibition for the fire industry, attended by more than 35,000 firefighters, chiefs and instructors from 50+ nations.

    Neoteric Hovercraft, Inc. – the world’s original light hovercraft manufacturer - is honored to be the only rescue hovercraft exhibitor at the FDIC this year. The event will take place April 24-29 at the Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana.

    Neoteric Hovercraft, along with Hovercraft Training Centers – which trains exclusively on Neoteric hovercraft – will occupy Booth #2704 at the FDIC. Their booth will feature actual Neoteric rescue hovercraft; videos of hovercraft rescue operations; a remote-controlled hovercraft in action; Neoteric President/Founder Chris Fitzgerald and personnel to answer questions – and a drawing in which three firefighters will win a free hovercraft flight training course.

    Neoteric hovercraft are considered the industry standard for rescue hovercraft, and are utilized by sheriff, police and fire departments in more than 50 nations. Many rescue organizations, however, still rely on ropes, boats and other apparatus for water, ice and mud rescue operations. The safest, most expedient alternative has proven to be a hovercraft.

    Flat bottom Jon boats and other propeller-driven watercraft can be of questionable use in shallow water, swiftwater, flood, ice and mud rescues, and can pose a serious danger to first responders and the victims they are tasked to save.

    The Neoteric rescue hovercraft, which flies 9 inches above the surface, has been proven to improve the safety, ease, speed and success of rescue operations, while keeping first responders above the danger, not in it. It is able to access areas where no other vehicle can go, and it’s the only hovercraft with the capability to brake and back up.

    First responders comment on their Neoteric rescue hovercraft:

    North Muskegon Fire Department, Michigan: "Our hovercraft have saved more lives that all our fire engines combined. Since 1985, more than 255 people have been rescued from Muskegon area lakes using the hovercraft. More than half of them would have drowned not having the hovercraft as a safe rescue tool."

    Central Fraser Valley Search & Rescue Society, Canada: "The hovercraft gets us into areas that, before, we weren't able to reach, areas that our jet boat can't get into because we ingest debris into the impeller. And the hovercraft saves us a lot of time."

    Davis County Sheriff's Office, Utah: "Our hovercraft, without question, has saved lives. Much of our county is covered by the Great Salt Lake, and when the water is low it leaves miles of mudflats boats can't reach. We can't get airboats out there. When it's extremely windy it's hard to get an aircraft or helicopter out there, and even walking out is impossible. We were putting rescuers in harm's way, but the hovercraft allows us to hover over mud, ice or water and get right to the patient - to literally reach out our hand and pull them out."

    WOPR, a national water rescue organization in Poland: “Regardless of the weather, our hovercraft can fly over water, ice, mud, sand, grass or wetlands – allowing us to get to those places you can’t reach either by boat or by foot. This machine can save people under the most difficult conditions that prevent the use of a helicopter.”

    Council Bluffs Fire Department, Iowa: "The hovercraft is a very stable platform, and we're not getting in the water. It's not going to sink. It won't capsize like a canoe or other boat. Our hovercraft can handle some of the most dangerous rescues that would otherwise be out of reach. It's the only vehicle able to operate on any surface; you can get it anywhere that basically nothing else can get to. With it, we're not sending first responders into bad water or ice. We can go over it all with the hovercraft, grab the victim and bring them back."

    Mansfield Fire Department, Texas: "The benefit of having the hovercraft is we do not have to send our personnel into the water to retrieve victims. It can also hover over logs, car tires and any other debris, unlike boats, that could be a hazard in the water. A hovercraft is the answer to a faster rescue - a safer rescue."

    Snohomish County Fire District 19, Washington: "Our hovercraft is able to quickly and safely access almost any environment. They have become a critical tool in our rescue team's operations."

    More information at:

    Neoteric Hovercraft, Inc.

    Hovercraft Training Centers

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  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    April 15, 2015

    Snohomish County Fire District 19’s two Neoteric hovercraft were deployed in the March 22 Oso, Washington mudslide at the initial alarm and remained in operation throughout the rescue and recovery efforts. First responder Trent Nunemaker describes the scene of one of the worst landslides in U.S. history, with 34 casualties to date: “The only way I can describe the debris field is that it looks as though a bomb has gone off. Try to imagine what would happen if a forest of trees hit a neighborhood at 100 miles per hour.”

    Nunemaker explains the unequaled utility of hovercraft at the mudslide: “The slide area contains several hazardous environments – impenetrable debris, large clay islands and a debris field completely flooded by the backed-up Stillaguamish River. But our hovercraft can navigate through floating debris and logs, so we’re able to cross the flooded valley and access the debris field. Neoteric craft are able to quickly and safely access almost any environment.”

    Besides debris and logs, first responders also faced treacherous conditions such as floodwaters contaminated with sewage, household chemicals, gasoline and propane, requiring both personnel and search dogs to be hosed down by hazardous materials crews when leaving the site. Since they fly 9 inches above the surface, Neoteric hovercraft provide added safety by keeping first responders out of contaminated mud and water.

    In addition to their search and rescue role at the mudslide, the hovercraft served additional functions. Nunemaker elaborates, “We’re also using the hovercraft to transport personnel and rescue equipment to and from the debris field and other areas that are hard to access by any other means. They’re an excellent platform to rapidly reach our teams working out of smaller unpowered inflatables which have incorporated search dogs. During one day’s operations I used one of the hovercraft to keep track of all the watercraft operating in the debris field. The hovercraft was very well-suited for this; it allowed me to quickly reach crews in the field in the event of an emergency.”

    The Washington mudslide is not the first time their hovercraft have played a vital role in Snohomish County. In May, 2013, the craft were deployed when a section of an Interstate 5 bridge collapsed, plunging vehicles and passengers into the Skagit River 60 miles north of Seattle.

    Nunemaker states, “Our hovercraft have become a critical tool in our rescue team’s operations. Every second counts when it comes to water emergencies and the hovercraft allow us to access all our district’s waterways quickly and safely.”

    The important role of Neoteric hovercraft in rescue operations like these throughout the world shows that hovercraft are a critical rescue apparatus that saves lives and protects first responders in dire situations where no other vehicles are able to perform.

    Photos of hovercraft in action at Oso, Washington mudslide …

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  • Neoteric Rescue Hovercraft in Michigan USA
    North Muskegon Fire Department in Michigan performs an ice rescue with their Neoteric hovercraft....
     

  • North Muskegon Fire Department in Michigan has been using their Neoteric rescue hovercraft for ice and water rescues for three decades. 

    Fire Chief Steve Lague reports, "Both the North Muskegon and Muskegon Fire Departments use hovercraft for their ice rescue operations. The hovercraft have saved more lives than our all our fire engines combined. Since 1985, 255 people have been rescued or removed from Muskegon area lakes using hovercraft. 50% would have drowned not having the hovercraft as a safe rescue tool."

    See more Neoteric rescue hovercraft in action ...

  • Neoteric Rescue Hovercraft in Pakistan
    Pakistan Air Force relies on two Neoteric rescue hovercraft....
     

  • In 2013, the Embassy of Pakistan in Washington D.C. purchased two 4-passenger Neoteric rescue hovercraft for the Pakistan Air Force to use in rescue operations. Pakistan and surrounding nations rely heavily on the PAF for tsunami, cyclone, earthquake and flood rescue and relief operations.

    Neoteric rescue hovercraft are increasingly used by the military for rescue operations, in both the USA and in other nations.

    See more Neoteric rescue hovercraft in action ...

  • Neoteric Rescue Hovercraft in Iowa, USA
    Council Bluffs Bluffs Fire Department says the only vehicle able to operate on any surface is a Neoteric rescue hovercraft....
     

  • The Council Bluffs Fire Department has owned their Neoteric Hovercraft since 2015, and has saved many lives since then. Less than a month after its purchase, the hovercraft enabled the rescue of a young man submerged in a flooded, muddy river. Fire Chief Justin James said there was more than 60 feet of deep mud on the shores of the West Nodaway River and 20 feet of shallow water to cross before reaching the victim. Chief James reported, "The amount of time it took us to get out there would have been drastically longer if we didn't have the hovercraft."

    He continues, "The hovercraft is a very stable platform, and we're not getting in the water. It's not going to sink. It won't capsize like a canoe or other boat. Our hovercraft can handle some of the most dangerous rescues that would otherwise be out of reach. It's the only vehicle able to operate on any surface; you can get it anywhere that basically nothing else can get to. With it, we're not sending first responders into bad water or ice. We can go over it all with the hovercraft, grab the victim and bring them back."

    See more Neoteric rescue hovercraft in action ...

  • Neoteric Rescue Hovercraft in Poland
    "This Neoteric hovercraft is the most modern rescue vehicle on the Polish market."...
     

  • The national water rescue organization in Poland, WORP, reports that their Neoteric rescue hovercraft has vastly increased their rescue capabilities. 

    WOPR's Jason Kleczaj says, “Regardless of the weather, our hovercraft can fly over water, ice, mud, sand, grass or wetlands – allowing us to get to those places you can’t reach either by boat or by foot. This machine can save people under the most difficult conditions that prevent the use of a helicopter.”

    Miroslaw Gosieniecki, Vice President of Szczecin WOPR, adds, "It allows us to save people even in winter, when water reservoirs are on ice or floe. Until now, our rescuers did not have equipment that would enable them to act in such circumstances."

    Read what other first responders have to say ...

  • Neoteric Rescue Hovercraft in Utah, USA
    Davis County Sheriff's Department says their Neoteric rescue hovercraft is "an awesome asset."...
     

  • The Davis County, Utah Sheriff's Office has relied on a Neoteric rescue hovercraft for the last five years. The hovercraft is ideal for the terrain in Davis County. Much of the county is covered by the Great Salt Lake, and when the water is low it leaves miles of mudflats boats can't reach. 

    DCSO Search & Rescue Commander Erik Bornemeier says, "Our hovercraft, without question, has saved lives. Much of our county is covered by the Great Salt Lake, and when the water is low it leaves miles of mudflats boats can't reach. We can't get airboats out there. When it's extremely windy it's hard to get an aircraft or helicopter out there, and even walking out is impossible. We were putting rescuers in harm's way, but the hovercraft allows us to hover over mud, ice or water and get right to the patient - to literally reach out our hand and pull them out."

    He continues, "It's built like a plane: light, fast, maneuverable. It fills that "what if" need. And it's an awesome asset to have."

    Read what other first responders have to say ...

  • Neoteric Rescue Hovercraft in Viet Nam
    The People's Army of Viet Nam operates four Neoteric rescue hovercraft....
     

  • The Viet Nam military’s National Department of Rescue and Relief owns four Neoteric rescue hovercraft. The Department, under the Ministry of National Defense, coordinates military and non-military forces in search and rescue operations and disaster relief. The craft are a great asset in a country often plagued by monsoons and floods.

    The importance of their hovercraft is widely recognized in Viet Nam, by the military and the civil sector as well. Defense Studies and PhunuToday published articles stating, “Viet Nam People’s Army is now equipped with modern air-cushion boats by an American producer that have many advantages in Viet Nam. The hovercraft, manufactured by Neoteric Hovercraft (American), can be applied to military and civil tasks.”

    Watch videos of Neoteric hovercraft in action ...

  • Neoteric Rescue Hovercraft in Texas
    A hovercraft is the answer for a faster, safer rescue....
     

  • Capt. William Franks of the Mansfield Fire Department in Texas explains the benefits of their Neoteric rescue hovercraft …

    “The benefit of having the hovercraft is we do not have to send our personnel into the water to retrieve victims. It can also hover over logs, car tires and any other debris, unlike boats that could be a hazard in flood water. A hovercraft is the answer to a faster rescue – a safer rescue. We can rescue and not put our people in the water.

    “We can also do much more to assist residents during flooding situations. It’s also a safer situation for our personnel with the hovercraft than if we were sending them out into the water on foot or in a raft. And it gives us a much more efficient response during water rescues. We can cover more area quickly and effectively.”

    Learn more about Neoteric rescue hovercraft ...


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