STURGEON BAY, WISCONSIN: This fall, Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding has teamed up with the Sturgeon Bay Fire Department to help fund two new sets of life-saving equipment for firefighters to use in emergency situations. The equipment consists of air bags and tanks that inflate to assist with emergency extrication or stabilization, such as when a person is pinned underneath heavy equipment.

“We can put the equipment under a tire, prop it up and then use it for lifting if we need to stabilize or lift the vehicle up,” says Sturgeon Bay Assistant Fire Chief Kalin Montevideo. “These airbags are really versatile. There are so many instances where we can use them from emergencies at manufacturing worksites, to vehicle extrication, auto accidents, to farm equipment accidents.”

“Teaming up with Sturgeon Bay Fire Department to replace these life-saving kits is important to us because at any time these devices could be used in an emergency situation at our shipyard or any business in our community,” says Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding Vice President and General Manager Todd Thayse. “We work with the fire department closely for fire prevention and code inspections, as well as in emergency situations. So when we heard these kits were reaching their lifespan, it made a great deal of sense for us to step up and assist so these can be available to the entire community.”

The kits are small and portable so they can used anywhere. They include an air tank, a briefcase containing hoses and hookups linking the tank to the airbags, as well as the airbags (which are rectangular expandable pouches in varying sizes).

Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding donated a portion of the money needed for the equipment, which must be replaced after its 10-year safety lifespan, in late August. The equipment was put into use starting in September.

If you have access to Dropbox and would like a video demo of the equipment, click here or the link above.

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About Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding
Located in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding (FBS) is an industry leader in the construction, conversion and repair of large ships – tracing its rich history back more than 100 years. The diversified FBS portfolio includes all types of vessels including articulated tug-barge units, dredges and dredging support equipment, automated loading carriers, ferries and offshore support vessels. On the repair side, FBS is expert at managing critical deadlines in the repair and sustainment of bulk carriers and other ships of the Great Lakes Winter Fleet.

Shipbuilding facilities at the 63-acre plant include a large graving dock, a U.S. Navy-certified drydock, and lifting capacity to meet the most demanding requirements. Erection buildings are climate-controlled and equipped with sophisticated computer-aided manufacturing equipment. Fincantieri’s skilled workforce has an average of more than 20 years of shipyard construction experience, in-house engineering, and a management team focused on client satisfaction and on-time delivery.

Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding is an operating unit of Fincantieri Marine Group (FMG), the United States division of global shipbuilding giant Fincantieri.

About the Sturgeon Bay Fire Department 

The Sturgeon Bay Fire Department’s mission is to protect life and property from fire, medical and environmental emergencies throughout our community through public education, code management and incident response. The department consists of Fire Chief Tim Dietman, Assistant Fire Chief Kalin Montevideo, a 12 full-time career personnel, and 15 part-time personnel serving the City of Sturgeon Bay, Town of Sturgeon Bay and Town of Sevastopol.