XCollar & NeXsplint World & US Maps: 2011-2013 Progress

 

This album shows our progress around the world and in the US over the past 3 years. Interested in bringing the XCollar to your country?

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United States XCollar & NeXsplint in 2011

United States - XCollar & NeXsplint in 2012

United States XCollar & NeXsplint in 2013

Worldwide Distributor Map - Emegear - 2011

World Map - XCollar & NeXsplint 2012

World Map - XCollar & NeXsplint 2013

City of Antelope Fire Department Awarded XCollar Plus

Congratulations to Chief Carter and the incredible volunteers at the City of Antelope Fire Department in Oregon for being awarded the first donation from our facebook sponsorship program!

Below are two letters we received; one before the donation, and the other as an encouraging thank you letter.

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We are a tiny fire department that serves an isolated frontier town of 45-50 full time residents, small businesses and plenty of tourists plus a large unprotected area consisting of ranches and other small communities in a 150-200 square mile area located in north-central Oregon.  The next nearest fire-rescue service help to us is at least 45-60 minutes away in good weather.  We are an all-volunteer City fire department.  We have no tax base.  We have very little money to work with right now and it’ll be a while before we can qualify for any grants because I just got this department officially up and running earlier this year.  We receive meager transfers from the City’s General Fund, which are only enough to maintain and operate on.  We depend almost entirely upon donations for equipment, training, improvements and some repairs.

Today, we now have working vehicles and 10 core volunteer firefighters, plus some others who provide support services.  Some of our firefighters are attending a Firefighter 1 academy (hosted for free to us by a mutual aid department 45 minutes to the north) while the rest are receiving basic, entry-level training from me twice a month.  Our fire department has seen more action in the last several months than it has ever seen in many years past-combined.  In just the past three months alone, we’ve had to manage a rollover vehicle accident with entrapment out on the highway, a 700-acre rangeland fire just north of town, two critical illness cases (one a tourist passing through), a hillside brush fire, a large shed fire, a two-car head-on accident out on another highway and a fully involved pickup fire.  Just this morning we responded to a four-vehicle pile-up involving a tractor-trailer 15 miles from our town.  EMS is a developing thing out here.  Because the nearest ground ambulance takes at least 45 minutes and the nearest helicopter at least 35 minutes, I am working to build up our EMS unit and-hopefully-a transporting ambulance service at some point.  At the present, I am providing BLS education for my department and First Aid/CPR training to as many folks as I can in and around our community.

I have managed to get some firefighting equipment like hose, ladders, tools, SCBAs, extrication gear, hose, turnouts and some basic EMS supplies donated to us from other departments, which helps.  However, we are having difficulty obtaining a bit of very important equipment.  While we have a couple of old backboards and head immobilizers we can use for the time being, we don’t have a single cervical collar.

I would like to know if you folks at Emegear would be so kind as to help our humble little fire department by donating a few of your collars. I’ve used all kinds of collars since I first got started in 1979 but I’ve never seen yours.  However, some EMS workers I’ve met recently say the X-Collar is by far the best and I would like to give them a try.  These don’t need to be new. Vehicle accidents are fairly common out here, given that there are three highways that pass through our area (including Hwy 97, the state’s second-busiest north-south route).

Below is a photo of some of us who could make it to a recent training event. I’m the one in the white helmet. Behind us is our station, which houses our structure fire apparatus, a 1975 Ford Pirsch & Sons pumper.  Also shown are a 1979 Chevy C65 1,000 gallon water tender and a 1985 GMC 4×4 Type 6 quick fire attack/brush rig.  This is our back-up EMS/rescue rig.  Not shown is our 1995 Ford Type 2 ambulance (a non-transport vehicle, kept at a different location), which is our primary EMS rig.

Anything you folks can do to help would be gratefully appreciated. Thank you.

Michael Carter

Chief

City of Antelope Fire Department

City of Antelope Volunteer Fire Department

Thank you letter after donation of 28 units (1 case) of XCollar Plus:

Thank You Letter

X Collar Thank You Letter

We are proud to support you and your crew Chief Carter! 

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Stay Tuned! Every 250 Likes, we will be awarding units to an EMS, Fire/Rescue, or Educational agency.

Award #1: City of Antelope Fire Department (December 2012)

Next award will be at 500 Likes for our Facebook page.

Contact us here or write us an e-mail (info@xcollar.com) to submit your Agency/Organization for the award.

Life Support Training International & The X-Collar

X Collar Endorsement Letter from LSTI

X Collar Endorsement Letter from LSTI

We are proud to have received a letter of endorsement from the esteemed Life Support Training International in the Philippines.

LSTI and the Philippine Society of EMT – Batch 84 are now officially the first training institution and certified class in the world ever to have fully replaced all conventional cervical collars in favor of the X-Collar and the practice of C-Spine Splinting.

We are honored.

Below is the letter text:

The Life Support Training International is very grateful for your input on the latest innovation and high technology on spinal immobilization – X collar. I’m sure this will add to the knowledge and skills imperative on the immediate management of spinal trauma patients and thereby improve the quality of life. Be advised that we have now included the X-collar as a primary standard for spinal immobilization in our training program.

Thank you.

Sincerely yours,
Joan Z. Tasker-Lynch, RN, RGN, REMT-P, MAN
Training Director
Life Support Training International

Lt. Douglas Ulsh’s XCollar Experience

We received this incredible letter a couple days ago, and Lt. Ulsh kindly gave us permission to share his experience. Thank you for the inspiring words sir and our team wishes you a full recovery and good health!

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“I thank you for the experience with your equipment. I recently had broken my own neck in a horse accident. So instead of calling for an ambulance I had administered the X-collar, which I had in my pickup, with the help of my wife. I chose not to go to the hospital via ambulance because I could move everything; my neck was a little sore is all. After the CAT scan at the hospital the Dr. came in and said I broke c-2 severely and needed a halo without having surgery.

I believe that without the use of your collar I would be paralyzed or not even here.

I had it on for around 7 hours with no movement and was put into a halo for the last 10 weeks and am expecting to get it removed in 1 week with a full recovery.

P.S. I have been telling everyone I know in the pre-hospital setting about the experience and outcome with the x-collar.

Again Thank You,”

-Lt. Douglas Ulsh

Montana Air National Guard Fire Department

Click here to view the full testimonial.

X Collar C-Collar Cervical Splint

XCollar Cervical Spine Management

XCollar Plus C-Spine Splinting System Featured In JEMS

XCollar Plus C-Spine Splinting System Featured In JEMS

Dominic Silvestro (EMT-P, EMS-I) reviews the XCollar Plus in the latest edition of JEMS!

(Click the photo to read the product reviews and to view the online edition of JEMS)

EMS River Rescue – XCollar & Anaconda Extrication Device

Watch as Pedro Barranco and T.E.S. personnel in Spain field demonstrate an excellent river rescue; performing a cervical spine immobilization and patient extrication procedure using the XCollar splinting system and the Anaconda extrication device.

Visit www.xcollar.com for more information.

Formasem Formación Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/1/115260691511954197500/posts

-Credits-
Directed by: Pedro Barranco

Interpreted By:
Borja Santamaria
Xaro Terrades
Marlise Defferrarad
Ramiro Bonastre
Esther Colubi
Andres Seresola
Diego

Filmed in Pego (Alicante), Spain

Nighttime Search & Rescue – Earthquake Aftermath Field Demo

Pedro Barranco and T.E.S. return again for another exciting demonstration of how they respond to a “critically injured” prone patient in the aftermath of an earthquake, or when searching through damaged structures.

After entering and searching a semi-collapsed building in the middle of night, they perform spine immobilization procedures on the prone patient using the XCollar cervical spine splinting system before evacuating from the building.

Visit us at www.xcollar.com for more information.

Formasem Formación Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/1/115260691511954197500/posts

Directed by: Pedro Barranco

Music:
Adele – Set Fire
Olafur Arnalds – Near Light
Dustin O’Halloran – Quintette N.1