As climate changes and sea level rises, flooding has become one of the most frequent and costly natural disasters. The Trident is designed for not only supporting firemen/water rescue professionals in fast-moving water but also quickly rescuing endangered victims.
Trident is designed for not only supporting water rescue professionals in fast-moving water (6-inches of flood water can knock a person down), but also quickly rescuing endangered victims. It maintains the simplicity of the wading stick but incorporates Reach and Rescue feature that was previously only available in much larger equipment.
The 30 inches long 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 flotation device becomes thinner for storage and transportation when it is being pulled down.
In a reach and rescue scenario, firemen/water rescue professionals can telescope the pole up to 8 feet long using the turn-and-lock mechanism. The pole itself is made out of fiberglass, strong and non-conductive, protecting the user to be electrocuted by electric-charged flood water.
The long EVA foam piece with textures creates grips for the firemen when pulling the victim ashore. Alone the grip piece, major indicators of the water depth better informed the firemen of the situation around them. The wading tip is made out of stainless steel, preventing it from easily worn out. The round disk stops the pole from sinking deep into muds.