GILFORD — After four years of research and development followed by numerous trade shows, Roger Bailey, founder and President of WISE Technology LLC of Gilford is proud to announce the first sale and delivery of their patented AIR Responder.
It was while attending the annual FDIC (the largest fire and rescue trade show in the country), that Mark Bosse, Chief of the Poland, Maine Fire Department first became acquainted with the vehicle that was delivered to him.
"Two years ago during a very physical, labor intensive life rescue some of our guys almost didn't make it back". The incident that nearly cost the lives of four of his men took place 1500 feet off shore, explains Bosse.
"When you have a victim that far out it, takes a while to get to them. It takes a lot of energy. The victim is stressed, the rescuer is stressed, they're fatigued, we're fatigued. It's more problematic, more high- risk", explains Captain Tom Printup, referring to conventional methods.
The AIR Responder is capable of carrying multiple people, up to 900 pounds, across solid and broken ice as well as open water, virtually eliminating the risk to rescue personal who, using traditional methods, are at risk of becoming victims themselves if they should fall through the ice. The patented hull is foam filled and Kevlar reinforced which renders it virtually unsinkable. Because of this and the very low center of gravity, the Responder is a very stable, agile platform that can reach a victim in a fraction of the time of current methods. The rescue personnel can focus completely on getting to the victim without concern for their own safety.
"It can go across water, across ice, and anything in between, in situations where you can't safely put another piece of equipment out there", adds Bosse.
Because it is powered by an unmodified snowmobile, there is almost no learning curve to operate the vehicle. Since it is so easy to remove the snowmobile from the hull, Bosse expects to also use the snowmobile alone as needed.
Bailey recently returned from a trade show in Toronto and reports extensive interest in the device from our friends north of the border due to the longer, colder winters there. Interest is however, not limited to the US. Last fall, when Bailey's new marketing team posted a video of one of their trial runs, his Facebook Page was suddenly extremely active. "We went from being stuck at just 45 fans and no activity to a weekend with hundreds of comments and questions pouring in from all over the world, many asking how they could purchase one. Thankfully Facebook offers a translation option, it sure came in handy", reports Bailey.
Bosse reports that Poland Fire Department's purchase didn't use a dime of taxpayer dollars. All funds were raised by the men and women of the local fire fighters' association and generous donations from Poland's local lake association.
Last Updated on Friday, 18 July 2014 10:41
PLYMOUTH — New Hampshire Electric Cooperative offers rebates of 35% of the installed cost of the energy efficiency improvements up to $15,000 for small business owners in Co-op service territory. The upgrades must have a payback period of five years or less to qualify for rebates.
NHEC says that the most cost-effective improvements small businesses can can make are weatherization upgrades to the building shell, including insulation and air sealing. Upgrading an existing boiler or furnace could also provide significant savings.
Today's energy-efficient boilers are more than 90% efficient and can save a lot of money in the long run.
Similarly, many small businesses are literally throwing money out the window due to poorly insulated spaces that allow heat to escape in the winter months and cool air in the summer months. Together, weatherization and water heating upgrades can pay for themselves in a surprisingly short amount of time. That's the idea behind NHEC's Fossil Fuel Program, which aims to help small business owners reduce their fossil fuel usage.
Last Updated on Friday, 18 July 2014 10:37
GILFORD — The Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation awarded a total of $273,550 to 282 students this year, the organization reports.
About 40 percent of the foundation's funds were awarded to graduating high school seniors, with the balance going to upperclassmen. The foundation notes that its support does not stop after a student's freshman year.
Foundation officials said the organization was able to provide this financial assistance because off its many generous donors or donor funds.
Since its founding in 1956, the Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation has awarded nearly $4.9 million to almost 4,500 students pursuing higher education.
Paulette Loughlin, the foundation's president, emphasized, "The Foundation, however, is merely the conduit. It is the over 500 donors (not including the thousands who have contributed to specific memorial funds or special fundraisers over the past 58 years) who deserve the credit for this proud record. They are the ones who have been extending a helping hand to local students looking to continue their education and fulfill their career goals.
"Many of our donor funds are very specific," she continued. "Some donors are interested in specific majors and many target specific high school graduates, such as only a Laconia or Gilford or Belmont High School graduate."
Last Updated on Friday, 18 July 2014 10:35
MOULTONBOROUGH — Author Dan Szczesny will discuss his hiking memoir, "The Adventures of Buffalo and Tough Cookie," on Monday, Aug. 4, at 7 p.m., at the Moultonborough Public Library.
Szczesny will explore the book in which recounts how he and his 9-year-old ward, Janelle, first set foot on the trail to Mt. Kearsarge in November 2011. Neither of them knew that this easy hike to one of the state's most popular mountain tops would change both their lives. But what followed was a hiking odyssey that lasted over a year as the two criss-crossed the state on their way to a 225-mile epic attempt to complete a little-known hiking list called The 52 With a View.
Szczesny will tell how their treks help form a unique and unforgettable bond that transformed both their lives.
Last Updated on Friday, 18 July 2014 10:30
- Wetlands listening session at Planning Commission meeting on July 28
- Family-Friendly Adaptation of Tom Sawyer Heads to Playhouse
- Art Association meets Monday
- Prescott Farm partners with 1% for the Planet alliance
- Irwin Electric Vehicle Night (110)
- Gilford library hosts musician, ecologist on Tuesday