Smart idea for UK military

Defence Minister Philip Dunne, Simon Pennells and Colin Smart from TSG Associates
Defence Minister Philip Dunne, Simon Pennells and Colin Smart from TSG Associates

A Halifax businessman has helped develop the latest stretcher to be issued to the UK military.

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 stretcher.

After serving on the front lines during the first Gulf War, Colin Smart, who runs TSG Associates, based on Long Lover Lane, who specialise in triage and mass casualty equipmen spent six years developing a lightweight, compact stretcher which would protect the casualty and help a rescuer quickly move them to safety.

The patented Xtract®2 stretcher has now been adopted for use throughout the British Army.

“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”, said Colin, “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 Xtract2 is now being issued to medical personnel and units across the armed forces.

“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”, added Colin.

“We will continue to develop solutions which will make a positive impact on the injured person, both for the military and civilian services”.