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