Reach and Rescue are the forerunners in water rescue innovation – the unique and versatile long reach telescopic rescue pole system – and it was a testament to the to the success of this lifesaving innovation winning both the Product Innovation Category and the Overall Winner of this year’s Venturefest Northwest 2018 Innovation Showcase!
Around one thousand innovators, entrepreneurs and investors attended this year’s VentureFest NorthWest now in its fifth year. The event was organised by the GC Business Growth Hub and was hosted by entrepreneur Priya Lakhani. Priya said that “Innovation is about survival” and was more interested in disruption rather than technology innovation from small companies.
Reach and Rescue were up against an exceptional range of twelve companies which had been shortlisted from more than 170 entries across four categories. The winners were: Reach and Rescue for Product Innovation; Urban Chain for Service Innovation; Corporation Pop for Digital Innovation and the Innovative Established Business Award went to Whitman Mills Engineering.
On winning the awards Jo Taylor, Director of Reach and Rescue said “We are absolutely delighted to have won the overall award and the Product Innovation Category. The long reach telescopic rescue pole system has revolutionised the way that firefighters and search and rescue teams carry out lifesaving water rescues. With an unmatched reach of up to 17 metres it can reach a casualty with directional accuracy in under 20 seconds. It has proven to save lives and we are so proud that this versatile innovation has been recognised”
The company started eight years after firefighters realised that they were missing a vital component in their water rescue procedure and needed an innovative solution. Reach and Rescue created the innovative, longest and versatile long reach telescopic rescue pole in the world, revolutionising the way water rescues are carried out and saving lives.