14 May, 2017

Seguridad de Guanajuato in Mexico relies on Neoteric Hovercraft

Seguridad de Guanajuato, the state public security forces, is a branch of government in Mexico that is similar to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. It's headquarters are in the city of Guanajuato, capitol of the state of Guanajuato. The city, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is known as one of Mexico's most beautiful cities ...


Near the city, Securidad de Guanajuato has a base at the edge of Lago de Yuriria. Lake Yuriria is one of the two principal lakes in the state and is a popular attraction for both tourists and locals. Unfortunately, it's also the site of frequent accidents as well as drug enforcement problems. Compounding these issues is the fact that the lake often becomes completely covered with water lilies, over which regular boats can't travel. This not only increases the likelihood of accidents but also makes rescue operations more difficult and dangerous ...

But Neoteric Hovercraft came to the rescue. Officials from Seguridad de Guanajuato discovered Neoteric Hovercraft at last year’s FDIC (Fire Department Instructors’ Conference) in Indianapolis and quickly recognized that hovercraft would solve their problems. Early this year, the department purchased two 6-passenger Neoteric rescue hovercraft with cabins, along with two custom trailers ... 
One of the two Securidad de Guanajuato hovercraft awaits performance testing on the Wabash River in Terre Haute, Indiana
prior to shipment to Mexico.
The sales agreement was signed January 21, the day after President Trump took office. Delivery of the two hovercraft was delayed due to a number of problems, including the rising friction between the U.S. and Mexico, increasingly complicated customs procedures, and that fact that the Mexican peso plunged to an all-time low, which initiated a price re-negotiation.

But we at Neoteric value our 40+ year reputation for excellent customer service and will let no obstacles prevent us from fulfilling an order and ensuring customer satisfaction. Nothing is more important than hearing clients tell us - as did Wylie Fire-Rescue in Texas, for example  – “It's really a pleasure to work with a company that proves over and over to its customers that they truly care.

So, despite all the obstacles, the two hovercraft were successfully shipped to Mexico. Then, Neoteric President Chris Fitzgerald and Vice President Steve Stafford spent last week in Guanajuato conducting on-site hovercraft flight training and maintenance instruction for twenty officers and cadets from Seguridad de Guanajuato.

Fitzgerald and Stafford were assisted all week by two excellent technical translators, Jessica Pachaco (4th from left) and Eva Machado (3rd from right). Jessica is fluent in 7 different languages, and both were of tremendous help ...

The first two days at Securidad de Guanajuato headquarters consisted of ground instruction and comprehensive maintenance training, including detailed explanations of the hovercraft's various systems and how to correct problems should they arise. 

Thorough maintenance training was essential, given the environment at Lake Yuriria, with temperatures in the 90s. The 70-mile-long lake is at an elevation of 5,175 feet; engine and fan performance can be reduced by 4% per every 1000 feet of elevation, which could affect lift and thrust. ...

Here, the trainees learn how to replace the hovercraft cabins with standard windshields ...


At the conclusion of ground instruction and maintenance training, the entire crew traveled to Lake Yuriria with one of their hovercraft for hands-on flight training. The constantly moving clusters of water lilies were no obstacle for the hovercraft ...

Despite other obstacles - such as horses, herds of goats, and student paddlers - the flight training proceeded smoothly and successfully ...




At the end of the week, the state police officers and cadets from Seguridad de Guanajuato receive their hovercraft pilot training certifications ...

Seguridad de Guanajuato's two Neoteric hovercraft will be used to patrol Lake Yuriria, even when the lake is covered with water lily growth that prevents access by any other watercraft. Now the agency will be able to check fishing permits, control the flow of illegal drugs, and to perform water rescues more easily and more safely than ever before.



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28 April, 2017

LAST CHANCE! Don’t miss Neoteric Hovercraft #FDIC Booth 2704 Saturday

#FDIC2017 ends tomorrow - it’s your last chance to visit Booth 2704 and see why the Neoteric Rescue Hovercraft performs the absolute safest and fastest rescue operations – especially in areas other vehicles can’t access, including thin and broken ice, mud flats, intertidal areas, shallow rivers, swift water, and debris-filled flooded inland areas.

And be sure to enter our giveaway for your chance to learn to fly a rescue hovercraft - FREE! There’s no better way for you to experience for yourself why your fellow first responders in 50+ nations rely on the Neoteric Rescue Hovercraft to keep them, and their victims, safely above the danger, rather than in it.

Come meet Neoteric President/Founder Chris Fitzgerald and Vice President/Flight Instructor Steve Stafford. Neoteric is the world’s original light hovercraft manufacturer, in business for more than four decades. You’ll never meet anyone who knows more about rescue hovercraft than Chris and Steve, and they’re eagerly waiting to answer all your questions …



But don’t just take our word for it. Let your fellow first responders tell you why Neoteric Rescue Hovercraft Booth 2704 should be your top priority tomorrow at the closing day of the #FDIC …

North Muskegon Fire Department, Michigan: 
"Both the North Muskegon and Muskegon Fire Departments use hovercraft for their ice rescue operations. The hovercraft have saved more lives than our all our fire engines combined. Since 1985, 255 people have been rescued or removed from Muskegon area lakes using hovercraft. 50% would have drowned not having the hovercraft as a safe rescue tool." Read more ...

WOPR, a national water rescue organization in Poland:
“Regardless of the weather, our hovercraft can fly over water, ice, mud, sand, grass or wetlands – allowing us to get to those places you can’t reach either by boat or by foot. This machine can save people under the most difficult conditions that prevent the use of a helicopter.”

Mansfield Fire Department, Texas:
“The benefit of having the hovercraft is we do not have to send our personnel into the water to retrieve victims. It can also hover over logs, car tires and any other debris, unlike boats that could be a hazard in flood water. A hovercraft is the answer to a faster rescue – a safer rescue.” Read more ...

Central Fraser Valley Search & Rescue Society, Canada:
"The hovercraft gets us into areas that, before, we weren't able to reach, areas that our jet boat can't get into because we ingest debris into the impeller. And the hovercraft saves us a lot of time."

Council Bluffs Fire Department, Iowa:
"Our hovercraft can handle some of the most dangerous rescues that would otherwise be out of reach. It's the only vehicle able to operate on any surface; you can get it anywhere that basically nothing else can get to. With it, we're not sending first responders out into bad water or ice. We can go over it all with the hovercraft, grab the victim and bring them back." Read more ...

Davis County, Utah Sheriff's Office:
"Our hovercraft, without question, has saved lives. Much of our county is covered by the Great Salt Lake, and when the water is low it leaves miles of mudflats boats can't reach. We can't get airboats out there. When it's extremely windy it's hard to get an aircraft or helicopter out there, and even walking out is impossible. We were putting rescuers in harm's way, but the hovercraft allows us to hover over mud, ice or water and get right to the patient - to literally reach out our hand and pull them out. It's built like a plane: light, fast, maneuverable. It fills that "what if" need. And it's an awesome asset to have."








27 April, 2017

Neoteric Hovercraft’s Booth 2704 Attracts Attention at #FDIC2017

Firefighters and first responders are gathering at FDIC Booth 2704 in the Indiana Convention Center. That’s because the Neoteric Hovercraft – the ONLY rescue hovercraft exhibitor at the FDIC - is also the only apparatus that can perform rescues on thin or broken ice, swift water, shallow water, mud, quicksand, etc. with absolute ease and safety.

Stop by Booth 2704 to meet President & Founder Chris Fitzgerald and learn why Neoteric is the world’s original and most experienced light hovercraft manufacturer.

And don’t miss your chance to fly a hovercraft! Neoteric is giving away three FREE Rescue Hovercraft Flight Training Courses, valued at $1,575 each! This is the perfect way to see why your fellow first responders in more than 50 nations rely on the Neoteric Rescue Hovercraft to save lives safely. 








23 April, 2017

Win a FREE Rescue Hovercraft Flight Training Course at #FDIC 2017

Neoteric Hovercraft, Inc. is honored to be the only rescue hovercraft exhibitor at this year's #FDIC International. And at Booth 2704, we’re giving away something extremely important to first responders: a chance to for you to experience how a hovercraft improves the speed and success of your rescue operations – and lets you save lives safely.

Be sure to stop by our booth and enter to win one of three FREE Rescue Hovercraft Pilot Training Courses, valued at $1,575 each. Winners will be notified by May 8, and you can schedule your training course at your convenience. This is the ideal way for you to see first-hand how a hovercraft keeps you above the danger – not in it.

Win a FREE Rescue Hovercraft Flight Training Course at Neoteric Hovercraft Booth 2704
Especially if you still rely on boats, ropes and other apparatus for ice, mud, swift water and shallow water rescues, you’ll definitely want to visit us at Booth 2704 to watch videos of hovercraft rescue operations - and see how a hovercraft safely and easily flies you into areas that no other vehicle can reach.

Neoteric is the world’s original and most experienced light hovercraft manufacturer; our rescue hovercraft are in operation in more than 50 nations. And we offer the only rescue hovercraft that gives you the ability to brake and back up – critical in rescue operations.

Check out what just a few of your fellow first responders say
about their Neoteric Rescue Hovercraft …

Perry-Clear Creek Fire Department, Indiana:
"We once had to carry a 300 lb. person on a backboard across some questionable open ice. Sure, we wear rescue suits for things like this, but they are not made for long hikes over open ice. If we get hurt while performing a rescue, all we've done is become another victim. It’s times like that when a hovercraft comes into play. The hovercraft is like a life insurance policy for our guys - that's what it boils down to.”

North Muskegon Fire Department, Michigan:
"Our hovercraft have saved more lives that all our fire engines combined. Since 1985, more than 255 people have been rescued from Muskegon area lakes using the hovercraft. More than half of them would have drowned not having the hovercraft as a safe rescue tool."

Mansfield Fire Department, Texas:
"The benefit of having the hovercraft is we do not have to send our personnel into the water to retrieve victims. It can also hover over logs, car tires and any other debris, unlike boats, that could be a hazard in the water. A hovercraft is the answer to a faster rescue - a safer rescue."

Central Fraser Valley Search & Rescue Society, Canada:
"The hovercraft gets us into areas that, before, we weren't able to reach, areas that our jet boat can't get into because we ingest debris into the impeller. And the hovercraft saves us a lot of time."