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Vimpex Discusses The Role Of Extrication Tools' Role In Rescue Operations As A Supplier Of Ogura And Paratech
Vimpex Discusses The Role Of Extrication Tools' Role In Rescue Operations As A Supplier Of Ogura And Paratech

Extrication is an extremely complex discipline which requires a high level of skill, knowledge and understanding in order to ensure a safe and successful outcome. In the past 25 years, the demands on the rescuer and the expectations placed upon them has changed beyond all recognition. While basic extrication techniques haven’t massively changed, rescuers have had to refine their skills to face up to the newer, more challenging situations as the materials and technologies used in vehicles and buildings become more complex and robust. The role of the rescuer has also had to expand, and as a consequence the use of hydraulic rescue equipment has broadened. Personal Protective Equipment The use of hydraulics to cut, spread, squeeze or lift is now also well established in disciplines such as urban search and rescue, mine rescue and specialist operations within the Special Forces around the world. For this reason, some of the most popular rescue tools have migrated into this field of operations and likewise some specialist equipment that has been designed for niche markets is now used routinely by rescuers worldwide. Ogura has a long history of developing extremely reliable and hard working hydraulic tools for the construction The ever changing role of extrication tools to assist rescues from commercial or small spaces, firefighting, and vehicle extrication of crash victims is well recognized by Vimpex, the UK’s renowned specialist supplier of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Safety Equipment, Technical Rescue products and Lighting and Power Solutions to the Paramedic, Rescue, Police, Military and associated markets. emergency services market Ogura was one of the first manufacturer in the world to develop a full range of truly portable, lightweight, battery-powered hydraulic cutting, spreading and lifting tools. They are field-proven across the world and are used by search & rescue teams, police and military for a wide range of applications where portability, access and speed of deployment are vital. Established in 1928 as a manufacturer of industrial products, Ogura has a long history of developing extremely reliable and hard working hydraulic tools for the construction, fabrication and metal working industry. In 1999, Ogura applied their knowledge of industrial hydraulics to the rescue and emergency services market to produce the first generation HRS Modular System. Heavy Rescue tools and equipment The range has now matured into an extensive series of tools including Forced Entry (MOE), Vehicle & Confined Space Extrication, Urban Search and Rescue, Vehicle Self-Rescue, Remote Decommissioning, Protestor Release, Aerial Response, Rapid Response RTC Vehicles. Paratech’s Multiforce lifting bags are used by Fire & Rescue Services across the UK for lifting dangerous loads From vehicle lifting and stabilization to whole building shoring, Paratech products outperform competitors’ offerings when measured on ease of use, durability, flexibility and a lifetime guarantee. Paratech specializes in tools for technical rescue, but has also developed products that are used in applications for shipboard damage control, pipeline, mining, rail, quarries, vehicle maintenance and recovery. building infrastructure system Paratech’s Multiforce lifting bags are used by Fire & Rescue Services across the UK for lifting dangerous loads. Smart design ensures that this system can get into the tightest spaces, while the innovative remote lifting base allows personnel to operate the device at a safe distance from the load. Established in 1994, Vimpex produces and distributes a range of high quality evacuation, signaling and building infrastructure system products - both Vimpex manufactured and supplied by the company’s manufacturing partners. The company is a trusted supplier to many public sector bodies including 15 of the 17 UK’s NHS Ambulance Trusts, UK Fire & Rescue and several Police Constabularies. Vimpex staff are trained in the demonstration, service and repair of all tools and equipment we sell. The company is the European warranty repair and service agent for all Ogura rescue and industrial tools.

Vimpex Showcased 360 Degree Rescue Solutions At Emergency Services Show 2018
Vimpex Showcased 360 Degree Rescue Solutions At Emergency Services Show 2018

There were lots of new and innovative products on show, including the new Pacific R6 Helmet range, helmets for ambulance, fire & rescue, and police. An interactive area where visitors could trial the multi-featured First Look 360 camera, the first live streaming 360° technical rescue search camera, and the most comprehensive heavy lifting solutions from Paratech. Pacific R6 Helmet For Head Protection The Pacific R6 rescue helmet range represents the most versatile and configurable helmet of its type available, offering the most up-to-date and modern form of head protection in a very comfortable, lightweight, and wearable package. Pacific helmets are tested in the most extreme conditions required for conformity to relevant clauses of the stringent EN 443 standards, unlike some of its competitors. Manufactured using a Kevlar® reinforced composite shell, these helmets provide the perfect combination of safety, balance, and wearer comfort. The use of fiber-reinforced materials means that Pacific rescue helmets have less mass than those manufactured from thermoplastics, and with a very low center of gravity so that all users can concentrate on their job rather than neck ache. Next Generation Search Camera FirstLook360 is the world’s first live streaming 360° technical rescue search camera that uses state-of-the-art, custom-built software to create a seamless 360-degree view that can be manipulated or shared on a mobile device. It is easy to use, reliable, rugged, has an intuitive interface, and no mechanics. The FL360’s digital streams broadcast in HD quality and are designed to transmit both wired and/or wirelessly to any Android-powered mobile device. Paratech Heavy Rescue Tools And Equipment The most comprehensive heavy lifting kit available, utilizing the strength of HydraFusion Struts, lifting height and power of the multiforce in the Rapid Extrication Kit as well as the environmentally friendly sturdiness of recycled plastic cribbing and much more. This kit can lift and stabilize any vehicle on the road, and all packed in four convenient, mobile cases.

Vimpex Supports New World Extrication Champions ‘Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service’ At Rescue Challenge Competition
Vimpex Supports New World Extrication Champions ‘Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service’ At Rescue Challenge Competition

Vimpex supplied Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service with equipment and resources during training Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service has been crowned World Extrication Champions at the world’s biggest rescue challenge competition. The 16th World Rescue Challenge, which was hosted by The Fire Service College in Gloucestershire, saw teams taking part in a number of multi-vehicle road traffic collision scenarios where casualties needed rescuing - some of which had deteriorating conditions. They also had to show experience of using all types of rescue equipment used in extrications. Vimpex, the specialist supplier of emergency services equipment for 20 years, are delighted once again to have supported the world champions with supply of equipment and resources during training and the event itself. The team used the popular Pacific A7A helmet and Vimpex extrication gloves as well as Makita rescue tools - all supplied by Vimpex. Hampshire’s Extrication Team Leader Lee Havey, who took the title of Best Overall World Extrication Team Leader, said: “It is absolutely fantastic to take away the winner's title from the World Extrication Challenge. We are very confident in our firefighters’ abilities when they attend road traffic collisions and now that we have been crowned world champions, it just shows that what we do, we do very well.” Vimpex has worked with Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service for several years; supplying their innovative USAR team with the Ogura battery powered hydraulic rescue tools as well as supporting their various extrication teams - who are current UK champions and have previously held the winner’s trophy at the World and European championships during the team's 28 year history.  Vimpex’s established portfolio of products and equipment from the world’s leading manufacturers includes Paratech’s range of stabilisation, air lifting and forcible entry kit; FX-1 Max firefighting gloves; TNT hydraulic rescue tools; Ogura battery powered hydraulics; Pacific paramedic, rescue & firefighting helmets and ISG thermal imaging cameras.

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