Written by Greg Jakubowski
The Dragone Rescue Board was developed to help RITs and other emergency personnel rapidly remove victims wearing SCBA from the hazard zone. It’s lightweight, less than 10 lbs., but can support up to 500 lbs.
Other features include fins on the bottom of the board that reduce friction when dragging victims; handles on both ends to accommodate a two-man carry; heat resistance up to 1,300 degrees F; and chemical, resistance to gasoline and diesel, as well as biohazards.
The unit comes with a single waist strap and can be carried on a firefighter’s back, around their SCBA, when entering a building to perform rapid intervention.
After watching the Rapid Deployment Products folks drag heavy boxes around the Indianapolis Convention Center on the DragOne, I recognized its practicality. The company also displayed a YouTube video in their booth showing two small children dragging a firefighter around on the DragOne, so you know it’s easy to use.
The DragOne comes in yellow, for fire departments, and blue, for non-firefighting agencies. If you’re serious about performing
RIT work, give the Dragone a try.
Greg Jakubowski is a fire protection engineer and certified safety professional with 28 years of fire-service experience. He is a Pennsylvania State Fire Instructor and serves as an assistant chief with the Lingohocken Fire Company in Bucks County, Pa. Greg is also a principal in Fire Planning Associates, a company dedicated to helping fire departments, municipalities and businesses with pre-emergency planning.