In June, Otaki Volunteer Fire Brigade was recognised at the New Zealand Workplace Health and Safety awards in the category of best design or technology initiative. The brigade earned this honour by designing and building a rapid extraction beam to make it easier and safer to extract injured people from smashed cars.
Warren Lauder, who passed away earlier this year, thought up the invention, which reduces the risk of brigade members being struck by traffic and enables medics to better attend to crash victims while they are being extracted.
The award was an appropriate way to honour Warren’s memory. The device was featured in several media outlets, including Cambell Live and the Kapiti Observer. Check out the stories on Campbell Live and Stuff.
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