Emergency responders need products that are durable and dependable. That’s why rotational molding, a plastics manufacturing process, is used to produce ice rescue equipment, plastic spine boards, and other products for emergency medical services (EMS) personnel.
When the designers of emergency responder products want greater value and Made in the USA manufacturing, they partner with Gregstrom Corporation of Woburn, Massachusetts. Here are two examples of the rotomolded products we make for emergency response.
Ice Rescue Equipment
When a designer of ice rescue equipment needed a manufacturer that could mold plastic and more, Gregstrom answered the call. RESCUE-READY of Spencer, Massachusetts developed a pontoon platform that allows emergency responders to walk, run, or paddle out onto thin ice where a victim has fallen-through into frigid waters. The company’s patented product doesn’t require field assembly, fits into the back of a pickup truck, and is light enough for a single responder to carry.
During the early stages of the project, Gregstrom identified and sourced a strong, lightweight plastic material that could withstand cold temperatures and immersion in water while supporting 650+ pounds. Rotational molding was used to produce textured, slip-resistant footing and high-visibility colors for wintertime rescues far from shore. The ice rescue equipment that Gregstrom rotomolded includes hand grips for easy lifting and that supports the assembly of an integrated rescue harness and paddle mount.
Plastic Spine Boards
Gregstrom Corporation also uses rotational molding to produce plastic spine boards. These patient handling devices are used in trauma care and allow emergency responders such as ambulance crews, lifeguards, and ski patrollers to safely move a victim with suspected spinal or limb injuries. The plastic products that Gregstrom rotomolds are strong enough to support patients but lightweight enough to facilitate patient handling.
Traditionally, spine boards were made of wood. However, product designers now prefer plastic because they can choose materials that won’t crack and then harbor bacteria. The plastic spine boards that Gregstrom rotomolds include openings for immobilization straps and handles. Back boards, a type of spine board, also need to support the use of cervical collars. Unlike wooden back boards, plastic products can be rotomolded in translucent materials that won’t interfere with medical X-Rays.
Made in USA Rotational Molder
Are you designing a product for emergency responders? Are you looking for a Made in USA manufacturer who adds value to your projects? Gregstrom is ready to help. Contact us to get started.