#FDIC ATTENDEES: Thanks to all who visited us this year. We hope you had the chance to see a Neoteric Rescue Hovercraft in action. Why is this important? In 2016, Neoteric’s first year at the FDIC, Fire Apparatus Magazine reported …
“Neoteric Hovercraft Inc. … The Terre
Haute, Indiana, manufacturer produces a hovercraft product that is used in
recreational and rescue service applications. Hovercraft units have been used
in rescue units for more than 40 years, providing a unique and safe way to save
lives. Water and ice conditions are main areas of use; however, rough terrain,
mud, and wetlands are additional areas where a hovercraft can be efficiently
used. The purchase price of this life-saving piece of equipment is surprisingly
Neoteric Rescue Hovercraft is the industry standard worldwide. Not only can it
take you where no other vehicle can go, it operates more like an aircraft than
a boat, flying 9 inches above the surface. An added bonus is it's constructed
so that neither the propellers nor any other part of the craft will strike
submerged objects. Hovercraft are safe from outboard motor or propeller damage
See what just a few of your fellow first responders have to say about the effectiveness of their Neoteric Hovercraft …
Davis County Sheriff's Office, Utah: "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."
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."
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."
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.”
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."
If you missed Neoteric at #FDIC2022, be sure to visit us next year at #FDIC2023.
And in the meantime …
Check the Neoteric Hovercraft website for frequent updates and news