Squad Uses Frisbee-Like Gadget In Tubers’ Rescue

Squad Uses Frisbee-Like Gadget In Tubers’ Rescue

By Anna C. Irwin Of the Daily Times Staff If you can throw a Frisbee, you can save a life. Blount County Rescue Squad used the ResQ Disc to prove that last Friday when the hauled two tubers out of Little River in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, then were called back to the park less than an hour later to rescue four swimmers in trouble at the Townsend Y. The chief executive officer of Save A Life, the Florida company that produces the discs, planned to fly to Blount County Thursday to personally congratulate the squad for their life-saving efforts. Unfortunately, Dr. Sytko’s plane was grounded by bad weather in Atlanta. A plaque recognizing the Blount County Rescue Squad’s efforts was presented by James Bruns of Bruns Wholesale in Seymour, the East Tennessee representative for Save A Life. Harold Robbins, chairman of the squad’s board of directors, accepted the recognition on behalf of the squad’s volunteers. He also announced plans for a fund-raising effort by the squad utilizing the ResQ Disc. Robbins said everyone making a donation of $30 or more to the Blount County Rescue Squad will receive one of the discs which retail for $39.95. Those who get a disc in appreciation for a $30 donation will save almost $10 over a retail purchase. The rescue squad will keep $10 from each $30 donation. “The greatest benefit will be getting the ResQ Disc into the hands of boaters, people with swimming pools, and others who might someday need to save someone from drowning,” Robbins said. Details of the disc giveaway to donors will be announced later. The disc looks like a fat orange Frisbee wearing a belt. Only 12 inches across, it’s compact enough for any location. When needed, anyone can use it by pulling lose the Velcro on the belt to free a few yards of the 100 feet of rope wrapped around the disc. The belt is attached to the thrower’s waist before the disc is thrown. The disc releases its rope as it sails through the air. The rope acts as a guide making it relatively easy to hit a target area. Once the disc lands in the water, it becomes a flotation device able to support two adults who can be pulled to safety with the rope. Jana Lusby, Blount County Rescue Squad unit director, said Burns gave two discs to...

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Simple Device Saves 2 Lives After Truck Falls Into River

Simple Device Saves 2 Lives After Truck Falls Into River

STUART NEWS – 12/02/1997 SEWALL’S POINT – Though it took a tractor-trailer towing rig to fish their truck out of the water, the two men whose truck crashed over the edge of the Ernest Lyons Bridge and into the Indian River on Sunday were reeled to Safety by little more than a plastic disc and some nylon rope. It’s called the ResQ Disc™. This simple, Frisbee-like device proved true to its name Sunday afternoon. The two unidentified men’s pickup skidded through the bridge railing after the driver braked to avoid the closing drawbridge gates. They were in the water when Sewall’s Point Police Officers Rick Crouse and Scott Donlon arrived. Martin county sheriff’s deputies were already on the scene of the accident, which occurred on the northern edge of the bridge just east of the drawbridge operator’s booth. Unfortunately, however, there was little the deputies could do for the two men, who were scrambling to find something to hang on to. “Their truck was submerged,” Crouse said, “and the nearby bridge pilings were slick with algae and covered with barnacles.” So Crouse and Donlon ran to their cars and fetched their ResQ Discs. Each officer threw one down, and the two men grabbed hold. The men used the discs to stay afloat while a boater eventually arrived and was able to pick the men up and take them to shore. Neither man was injured, which Sewall’s Point police credit largely to the ResQ Discs, which the department’s four cruisers are equipped with. Like a thick Frisbee with a long nylon cord spooled around it, the disc is hardly the most complex tool used by police and rescue crews. “It’s fairly simple. You just tie it around your wrist and throw it out,” Crouse said. “When we first got them, we were all kind of joking. You know, ‘Now we’ve got something to play Frisbee with,’ but after this, we know it is a device to save lives. And it works.” Police Chief Wilbur Kirchner said the department recently purchased the discs for $49.90 each. “That’s well worth a human life, I’ll tell you that,” Kirchner said. The ResQ Discs had arrived in the mail two weeks...

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First Responders Demonstrate ResQ Disc on Fox News

First Responders Demonstrate ResQ Disc on Fox News

Fox News featured the ResQ Disc™ on ‘Fox Files’ as officer Jerry Cooley explains the process, benefits, and uses of the ResQ Disc™. The news video covers a number of different rescues including a story of saving 6 lives in one day in Tennessee county with the ResQ Disc™. Alton County Police Department has equipped every single squad car with a ResQ Disc™ and is recommending that ALL Fire, police and sheriff departments follow...

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