Otaki Volunteer Fire Brigade wins the 2010 Safeguard New Zealand award for design when they entered the Karrak 3000 Portable Extracation Beam they have been trailing.
The Otaki Volunteer Fire Brigade's rapid extraction beam, the Karrak, is a winner after taking top honours in the design category at the National Health and Safety Awards held recently.
The Karrak is the creation of Senior Station Officer, the late Warren Lauder. Mr Lauder designed the extraction beam to use the car's own bodywork to brace the steel beam used and using chains attached to the front of the body work "stretching" the area between the trapped victim and front impacted carbody using a ratchet to do the "work". This was based on the panel beaters "stretch'n'straighten equipment.
The brigade entered the Karrak in the Health and Safety Awards earlier this year.
"At the end of the day it gives a bit of official recognition of the unit," Otaki Chief Fire Officer Ian King said. "We had entered it and discussed this with Warren before he died. He didn't care about awards, he just wanted to get it working and save lives."
Mr Lauder, an engineer and volunteer brigade member for 35 years, first built the Karrak 20 years ago, upgrading it twice over the years until after its final modifications last year the Karrak 3000 was able to be certified.
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