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XTRACT 2 Evacuation Litter Recommended By National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) Members

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

We first mentioned the XTRACT 2 during last year’s SOMA. Since then, we’ve run across it at a couple of trade shows including DSEI in London.  In fact, the British Army recently adopted the device.  


Westerville, Ohio (2015/10/22) – A rapid casualty extraction device that has been adopted by agencies all over the world has now been tested and recommended by the members of the National Tactical Officers Association.

“We are very excited and proud to have the NTOA members award the XTRACT 2 4.5 stars out of 5 and recommend it for use by their officers all across the country” says Kingfisher Medical’s Vice President Bob Otter. The Xtract 2 allows operators to rapidly package a casualty and remove them from harm’s way. “For such a strong device to be so lightweight and easy to carry into an operational area makes it truly unique and without a doubt, will help these agencies save more lives” continues Otter. “If you look at other devices that were first adopted by the military and then recognized as invaluable tools for civilian response agencies, this device falls right into that same category, battlefield tested and now available for use on the street”.

The XTRACT 2 weighs less than 3 pounds and is smaller than a football but is rated to over 600lbs and can be used as a drag or carry stretcher. It is made of Duraelite fabric and uses a bungee system to cocoon the patient safely into the device. “if you have a tourniquet applied to an extremity or a wound packed with hemostatic gauze, it is necessary to pay attention to how you move those victims. If you have applied a life-saving intervention, the worst thing that can happen is you lose that progress you gained by jarring it loose during evacuation” says Otter. The XTRACT 2, even though it takes only seconds to package a patient in, secures them and protects their injuries throughout transport.

NTOA Officers said this about the device:

“If you are looking for a lightweight stretcher for multipurpose use, then this would need to be put at the top of the list” – NTOA Evaluator in North Carolina

“What I found was a very well made, versatile product that WORKED from point of injury to the LZ” – NTOA Evaluator in Massachusetts

The XTRACT 2 is currently being used by law enforcement and EMS agencies throughout the world and has been named the frontline stretcher for the British Army.


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