Reach and Rescue Ltd
REACH AND RESCUE LTD
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- 2021 Innovation
Reach and Rescue is a leading manufacturer of water rescue equipment, supplying to emergency services and search and rescue teams, plus multiple global industries including maritime, military and construction.
The company is overjoyed to receive a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category for its long-reach telescopic water rescue pole – an innovation that celebrated a decade of saving lives in 2020.
The self-developed long-reach telescopic water rescue pole is unrivalled. It enables rescue operatives to conduct swift, directionally accurate rescues by retrieving casualties from safe distances, minimising the danger posed to rescuers while boosting casualty survival chances.
The pole was developed in response to UK Fire and Rescue Services’ need for effective water rescue equipment after the death of a firefighter. Previously, rescuers would dive into water when saving a life, putting themselves at risk. Presently, Reach and Rescue’s long-reach telescopic water rescue pole has prevented the deaths of 50-plus people. Testament to its success, it is currently adopted by 80% of UK Fire and Rescue Services and is supplied to over 50 countries.
“Creating innovative and bespoke rescue equipment designed to keep operatives safe is the heart of what we do,” says Director Jo Taylor MBE. “It is our passion to take an idea and develop it via our state-of-the-art design process into a product that overcomes the real-world challenges faced by rescuers.”
Reach and Rescue is able to continually produce innovative solutions for its customers through the pole’s range of interchangeable attachments, allowing rescuers to meet the demands of any rescue situation.
Jo adds: “Our ethos is the same today as it was a decade ago – address the needs of our customers. They encounter new, unique and often dangerous situations every day. Through open dialogue, we develop new solutions which overcome the dangers they face.”
Reach and Rescue’s innovation is available for the public to use too. The Portsafe public-access water rescue system features the pole securely stored within an emergency throwline board. Numerous Portsafes are located at high-risk public waterways across the UK.