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Sigma Composites launches emergency rescue platform

News International-French

15 Nov 2013

Emergency services and disaster recovery teams will be able to reach people in need and carry them to safety more easily thanks to a Emergency Rescue Platform (ERP) made from carbon fibre and Kevlar, developed by Sigma Composites.

The team has developed a lightweight, highly-portable assembly that can be used as a ladder and a gap crossing, as well as a stretcher if required.

Named the Emergency Rescue Platform (ERP), the assembly is made from a combination of carbon fibre and Kevlar, with each module measuring 390mm x 875mm x 75mm and weighing just over 3kg. The modules can be quickly and easily joined together to create ladders extending to 4.5m and capable of carrying up to 500kg; bridges spanning hazards up to 3m with a safe working load of 320kg; and even rapid evacuation stretchers.

Graham Sprowell, Technical Business Development Manager at Sigma Composites, said: "Taking less than two minutes to assemble, the ERP is suitable for use in all weather conditions, requires no general maintenance and can be used in all environments; from urban landscapes and scenes of accidents, to woodland, mountainous and desert terrain."

A military version of the ERP is also available and known as the Military DCC OCC.

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