- Posted by Air Rider
- On July 26, 2016
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- air rider, air rider hovercraft, flooding, hovercraft, search and rescue
Nothing can prepare you for the destruction and devastation of a flood. Possessions are lost, and your safety is threatened. Flood rescues are a difficult task for search and rescue vehicles, as boats are unable to manoeuver efficiently and trucks are often swept away or unable to drive through the floodwaters. This is where the use of an Air Rider Hovercraft during flooding can pull through and make a huge impact in these dangerous natural disasters.
Floods have affected hundreds of thousands of Canadians. Often the result of heavy storm rainfall, flash floods can occur and cause serious damage. Many urban areas in Canada are at risk of flooding due to their proximity along lakes, rivers and harbours. It is in these areas that any critical, time-sensitive tasks, like rescue missions, become nearly impossible. It’s also especially difficult for and boats or trucks to navigate flooded areas to deliver food or clean bottled drinking water when many roads become completely impassable.
The assistance of a hovercraft during flooding can make all the difference in these situations. As hovercrafts are not built with propellers, they do not risk being critically damaged and thus useless to the aid initiative. Although large debris can prove to be difficult to navigate and sometimes make rescue missions futile, operators of hovercrafts have much less to worry about in this regard. Smaller floating debris, like plastic bags, litter, broken up furniture and fencing can be easily passed through with a hovercraft. In comparison, a boat would risk getting plastic and other garbage stuck in its propellers and breaking down the craft entirely. The hovercraft is also able to travel through shallow and fast-moving moving water, and through rapidly changing levels of flooding to rescue any victims of the flood quickly.
Using a hovercraft during flooding can save lives, and Air Rider’s AR-45 SAR hovercraft was built with exactly this in mind. It is a safe craft that has virtually unlimited access to any accident and disaster areas. It’s not only capable of manoeuvring through a flood, stony creeks, and open lakes with two-foot waves, but also able to travel over land, snow, ice and grassy fields. Using the AR-45 SAR hovercraft during flooding can virtually meet all of the demands made in such an unpredictable situation.
The AR-45 SAR boasts an inflatable hull that provides a stable platform to work from. In addition to all standard equipment, the hovercraft can be equipped with all necessary rescue and retrieval equipment and can hold a 3-person search and rescue team plus 1-2 person capacity. The interior layout of the craft is convenient for patient transfers and attendants and the craft itself provides excellent visibility and protection from the elements. Every AR-45 SAR also comes equipped with an “Espar” diesel heater that works independently of the engine system and provides both cabin heat and window defrosting, so rescues are possible in all conditions.
Air Rider Hovercraft has over 30 years of design knowledge and experience to provide confidence for operators and reduce response times with greater safety advantage for all.