VIDEO: The Landing School helps manufacturer develop ice rescue vehicle

Posted on Written by Michael LaBella

The Landing School is collaborating with faculty members at Wise Technology, developer of the Amphibious Ice Rescue Responder, a first-of-its-kind amphibious ice rescue vehicle.

The vehicle travels over ice and in snow, water and broken ice.

Every year across the country there are winter accidents that require rescue personnel to pull people from a frozen waterway, which can be just as dangerous for the responders as it is for the victim.

In an effort to develop a safer and more responsive solution to ice and cold water emergencies, Wise Technology, based in Gilford, N.H., has produced a unique amphibious vehicle specifically for ice and cold water situations. The AIR Responder is designed to handle any ice conditions. Powered by a snowmobile, the unique hull allows the AIR Responder to move agilely from one surface to another, whether it’s ice, broken ice, snow or open water.

The construction of the hull is where the faculty of The Landing School put its expertise to work. The collaborative result is a first-of-its-kind vehicle designed to handle the rigors of the ice and cold water environment.

“We are very pleased that our faculty had the opportunity to participate in this project with Wise Technology,” Landing School president Robert DeColfmacker said in a statement. “Not only were we able to help a local company fulfill its goal of developing a new-to-market product, but it’s a product that will be used to save many lives. It’s a win-win situation and a great lesson for our students on the positive outcome of collaboration.”

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