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The JB1 Extrication Slide is a simple, safe, and effective device that can drastically improve extrication success while saving precious time and virtually eliminating the risks involved to safely remove a patient from equipment as well as the risks to the rescuers involved.

To date the JB1 has been tested successfully on Caterpillar end dumps from 777 to 793, 5230 shovels, and various end loaders. Hitachi electric end dumps, 1900, 3500, and 5500 shovels have been tested. Powder storage bins and preparation plant structures as well.

The JB1 in its construction and design is built to be universal in its use on various manufacturers, sizes, and styles of equipment used today. Though the configuration of the different types of equipment on the jobsites vary drastically, the one thing they have in common are safety handrails. The JB1 attaches to these handrails by the use of a channel that runs across the underside of the top curved section. The channel sits on the handrails and is locked into position by two pins that are attached by flexible lanyards to the top section of the slide.

The framework of the JB1 is comprised of four tubular rails and cross pieces that have rolled edges. This eliminates 90 degree edges that can possibly cut or fray the ropes. The two center rails act as a track or guide to keep the “Stokes” basket running straight during its decent. The two outer rails serve to keep the basket from tipping side to side. This virtually eliminates the chance of the basket from swaying or flipping upside down as it is lowered to the ground.

The JB1 can be assembled, raised, and locked into position ready for use in a matter of seconds. Yes seconds, not minutes. During R&D the times for this improved each time an emergency team trained with and tested it. In an emergency, time saved can be all the difference in saving the life of a co-worker. After setup, the JB1 can also be used to bring medical gear up to the rescuers by strapping it into the basket and pulling it up the slide. This prevents the rescuers from having to pack all the gear up ladders or narrow stairs leaving their hands free to safely have the proper points of contact while climbing.

The curved top section of the JB1 helps control the “break over” point of the basket as it goes from horizontal to vertical as it is lowered over the handrails. It also reduces the jarring effect of this move. In the past, the rescuers would have to lean over the handrails to help in the reduction of these issues. This would pose a risk to them in the way of back injuries and possible falls. With the JB1, the rescuers simply place the patient and basket on top of the slide safely away from the handrails. Once in position the basket is lowered down by the rope system and the JB1 keeps the decent stable and safe.

The lower sections of the JB1 come in ten foot and five foot sections. The number and choice of lengths can be varied inn use depending on the height of the equipment or structure it is being used on. Some cases may only require the top section and one ten foot section, where as another application might require a top, a ten, and a five foot piece. The variations are numerous depending on the specific need.

The sections all come together by simply sliding one section into another. All four rails of a section will fit into the four rails of another section. A single pin, also on a flexible lanyard, will lock each section to another.

The feet of the JB1 in use are similar to that of an extension ladder which swivel to rest flat on the ground no matter the angle the slide is resting at. The feet are on twelve inch long tubes that have holes spaced out every one and a half inches. These tubes fit into the outer rails of the ten and five foot sections. They can be slid in or out to compensate for uneven ground. These are also held into position by the use of simple pins.