Neoteric Hovercraft in Flood Rescue Operations
Hovercraft are extremely effective in flood rescue operations because they can access areas that boats and other rescue vehicles can't reach. Flat bottom Jon boats and other propeller-driven watercraft are of little use in shallow water or in flood water; debris and obstructions can not only damage rescue boats, but can pose a serious danger to first responders and to those whose lives they are tasked to save.
As Mansfield Fire Department's Captain William Franks says about 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 the water. A Neoteric hovercraft is the answer to a faster rescue – a safer rescue.”
And, unlike other hovercraft, the Neoteric Hovertrek's patented reverse thrust system gives it the unique capability to brake, back up and hover in place - maneuvers that are critical in flood rescues.
After assisting in the devastating Port Arthur flooding in 2017, Battalion Chief Jeff Smith reported, "Most of the rescue crews have flat bottom boats with propellers. But when they got to 2 feet of water, victims had to walk 100 to 200 yards to dry land. In the hovercraft, we can right up to their door, get them on board and take them right up onto dry land."
"It's the perfect tool for urban flooding, as you can go from grass to mud to water to dry streets without any problem. It makes a rescue faster and easier."