The RDC, Rapid Deployment Craft, has extremely rockered (upturned) ends. They allow the rescuer to "drive" the boat's open end over the victim while the victim's head remains above the water at all times. It also allows a rescuer to reach forward into a pour-over while still safely centred in the boat. The floor is open at each end, allowing 2 entry points. The freeboard height is only inches, enabling a rescuer to easily pull a victim into the boat.
This also allows a diver, with tanks on, to pull themselves into the craft with minimal effort. The two entry portals on either end also act as carrying points which provide a perimeter of safety in case of sudden ice failure or mud sinking. These carrying points are comfortably at your sides. Carrying the RDC is like using a litter with long handles, which, by the way, is one of its many uses. The RDC will store in a 2' cube, inflate in a heartbeat, and can easily be carried by one person. The most common way to carry it is deflated and stored in a rescue boat or vehicle. Think about how often you arrive at a scene and cannot find a place to launch your motorized boat. This is why you should have the RDC along on every call.
Note: Special order item, eta 2 weeks from time of order
The RDC is designed to withstand severe use conditions for many years. To achieve this, each rescue craft is assembled with the finest, most advanced materials available using the best time tested construction techniques. The RDC fabric is the most durable in the Industry.
It is a PU/PVC/polyester alloy material with all the seams being welded and taped for ultimate strength and air retention. No glue or adhesive is used so the seams attain the same strength as the fabric which means there are no weak links in our rescue boats.
The urethane coating also contains more UV inhibitors than any other material on the market. This allows prolonged sun exposure with no fabric degradation, as occurs with traditional rubber boats.
The floor is also very special. It is an I-Beam Design that, with very little air pressure, can become rock hard. This enhances stability and makes the RDC an excellent litter for carrying an incapacitated victim.
The RDC is easy to control, very stable and is self-righting in potential overturn situations. It paddles and ferries like a canoe and is suitable for class or grade 5 whitewater.
The RDC is perfect as rapid response swiftwater rescue equipment and should be part of every rescue responder kit.
The Rapid Deployment Craft is a great fast-response, ice rescue craft. The craft surrounds one or more rescuers in an ultra buoyant and protective inflated perimeter.
The RDC allows a rescuer or rescue team to quickly reach a victim and safely retrieve them from a through the ice or cold water rescue scene.
The RDC tows and tracks well on water and is easier to pull than hard hull rescue sleds or rescue platforms.
The RDC tows equally well behind a snowmobile when used for patient transport or equipment hauling.
Rescue sled operations include: