New Gear for Flood Rescue Professionals
As climate changes and sea level rises, flooding has become one of the most frequent and costly natural disasters. The Trident aims to improve the traditional flood rescue wading stick by incorporating reach and rescue features that were previously only available in larger and more complicated equipment. It is designed for not only supporting water rescue professionals in fast-moving water but also quickly rescuing endangered victims.
When a flood comes, only 6 inches of fast-moving water can knock a person down; the Trident provides a third point of contact and creates stability for the user. Around the top of the pole, the 30 inches long and 3.5 inches diameter NPR closed cell foam with Kevlar strings embedded acts as a flotation device for victims in the water. When it is pushed up and compressed, it expands and allows the panicking victims to easily grab on to it. The opening also allows flood rescue professionals to firmly hold the thinner pole inside instead of grubbing the thick foam, which is very difficult with gloves on. When the foam is pull down and contracted, the Trident becomes thinner for storage and transportation. The pole is made out of fiberglass tube, a strong and non-conductive material, protecting the user to be electrocuted by dangerous, electric-charged flood water.
In a reach and rescue scenario, flood rescue professionals can telescope the pole out to 8 feet long. On the other end of the pole, the long EVA foam piece with textures creates grips for the water rescue specialist when pulling the victim close. Alone the long side of the foam piece, major measurements of the depth of water better informed the user of the situation. The tip of the Trident is made out of stainless steel, preventing the tip from easily worn out, considering the amounts of debris in flood water. The round disk of the tip stops the pole from sinking deep into muds. Furthermore, in a reach and rescue situation, the disk also blocks the user’s hands from sliding off when pulling the victim ashore.