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MFC Survival makes waves

Published on 19 March 2009

The new RS15T rescue sled from MFC Survival will be exhibited at this year's Fire & Rescue
The new RS15T rescue sled from MFC Survival: to be exhibited at this year's Fire & Rescue
Company to exhibit new rescue sled at Fire & Rescue 2009

MFC Survival's RS15T Motorised Rescue sled, which will be exhibited at Fire & Rescue 2009, is ideally suited for use on inland waterways and as a means of transportation for people and equipment in flooded urban areas.

Following the success of the range of MFC Rescue Sleds, MFC Survival has added a new product to complement the MFC Survival water rescue solutions which includes walkways, API stretchers, hose inflation kits, drysuits, level 1 water rescue kits, lifejackets and sleds.

After much discussion with many of its customers MFC Survival decided to redesign and power its best selling water rescue sled. This resulted in the RS15T. It is fitted with an integral transom with a non-return drain port and towing ‘u' bolts. Fully inflatable within minutes, the RS15T provides a completely stable and manoeuvrable safe working platform. Easily stowed, the 5m x 2.14m sled packs into a valise which measures just 1.65m x 0.55m x 0.35m. Lightweight, the RS15T weighs just 56kg making it easily transportable.

The sled is ideally suited for use on inland waterways and as a means of transportation for up to 15 people in flooded urban areas, especially where mass evacuation is needed. It can also be used to tow. The shallow draught enables use in shallow waters of approximately 40cm depth and the large bearing surface makes the sled ideal for ice and mud rescues. With integral stern boarding step the sled is easily boarded. Fully laden and to full capacity (15 people or 1200kg) in trials the sled still powers along at 11 knots with a 15HP, 2 stroke engine and at 23 knots with 2 people.

The RS15T has many features such as stowage pockets, control line patches, internal and external lifelines fitted as standard and many more can be fitted to suit customer requirements.

MFC Survival's research and development team has again proven that listening and responding to customer requirements and ideas provides a platform for continuous, new and existing product development to benefit all.

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