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The British Military Has Adopted TSG Associates’ Xtract 2 Stretcher

Friday, April 17th, 2015

NEW Xtract®2 Stretcher adopted by British Military

Halifax, Yorkshire (March 2015) – Ex-Corporal teams up with fabric experts to make the lightest military stretcher.

Ex-Corporal in the British Army Medical Corp, Colin Smart, has worked extensively with experts in the fabric industry and researchers at Leeds University Technical Textiles Department to design the latest stretcher to be issued to the UK military.

After serving on the front lines during the first Gulf War, Colin Smart realized that there was a place for a lightweight, compact stretcher which would protect the casualty and help a rescuer quickly move them to safety. 18 years later he was in a position to put those ideas into practice. A further six years of development, testing and research and Colin’s ideas have become reality, the patented Xtract®2 stretcher has now been adopted for use throughout the British army.

“I know that when it comes to operational equipment there is a lot that you have to carry. It simply isn’t feasible to take a regular stretcher on patrol”, says Colin Smart, “however, if you do end up in a situation where you take a casualty, you need to be able to move them quickly and safely.”

The Xtract®2 is an innovation in casualty evacuation. Rather than relying on bulky rigid stretchers made of canvas and steel, typically weighing 16-20lbs, the Xtract®2 weighs in at a game changing 3lbs and can be packed so small (about the size of a loaf of bread) it can be easily carried alongside standard infantry equipment. So much so, that it will, as of this year, be issued to 1 in 4 soldiers in the UK Army.

But don’t be fooled by its small size, Colin and his company TSG Associates, have built this little stretcher to pack a big punch. Tested to a massive 2,000 lbs the Xtract®2 is rated to take 660lbs, more than three times the weight of an average soldier.

It is specialized fabric coatings, applied before sewing that gives the Xtract®2 great abrasion resistance as well as its high strength, allowing it to be dragged over short distances, giving a single rescuer the ability to move a casualty quickly, reducing both of their exposure to a potentially hostile location.

“I am incredibly proud that an idea I first had whilst sitting in the desert will now be helping wounded soldiers wherever they are in the world”, stated Colin Smart. “We will continue to develop solutions which will make a positive impact on the injured person, both for the military and at home in our civilian services.” The Xtract®2 is also being considered for use by a number of ambulance services.

In the US the Xtract®2 is available from Kingfisher Medical. kingfishermedical.com/solutions/xtract2

Kingfisher Medical – ROVER Active Shooter/Hostile Threat Response Kit

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

The Rapid Onset Violence Emergency Response kit, or ROVER, provides first responders with a deployment-ready, suitcase-sized toolkit to efficiently coordinate information, rapidly treat life-threatening injuries and quickly remove the injured. It also fosters increased cooperation between LE and EMS.

“We’ve seen hundreds of active shooter incidents where EMS/fire and law enforcement each set up separate command posts, essentially working in different silos,” says Kingfisher Medical Vice President Bob Otter, a 20-year veteran of the fire service himself. “This scenario can create dramatic and unnecessary delays in getting to these critically injured patients.”

The toolkit lid opens to the whiteboard with pre-printed cues for command staff, as well as information gathering. This keeps all emergency responders on the same page with the number of victims, victim location and other vital treatment information.


It also includes a number of IFAK trauma kits with rapid intervention supplies to treat those most seriously injured. The compact kits are PALS compatible and pre-stocked with life-saving devices, or can be custom configured to the agency’s needs or protocols.


Additionally, ROVER includes the military grade Xtract, a lightweight device that cocoons victims for a faster and safer extraction from the scene. The Xtract folds to the size of a bread loaf, yet is strong enough to lift or drag victims away from the scene with fewer emergency personnel. The Xtract reduces first responder exposure because victims can be rapidly removed from dangerous areas.