Swift Water Rescue Enters The American Vocabulary

The IBC team has long been a provider of training and equipment to the rescue and military communities and continues to do so with pride today. Recently while waiting in a drive thru line I was listening to discussions on the radio of swift water rescue in some of the flooded hurricane areas. The reporter called out swift water rescue and defined it to another speaker during the exchange. Later that evening I again heard swift water rescue come op as a topic on the evening edition of the local news. More and more use of the term just seemed to be popping up all over the various media channels in this latest news cycle.

Let’s face it the news is a business, and it’s their job to engage listeners, viewers, and social media users to sell ad space, but I took no umbrage as the term filtered into the common vocabulary as a benefit.

Essentially it’s this, as weather events, and natural disasters make headlines and primetime broadcasts we’ll be seeing an increase of the use of the term. This makes me happy as a professional inflatable boat jock. Too many local governments wrongly assume that they will never encounter a flooding incident so they don’t incorporate or enact a plan to address it.

Planning for the worst is much ado about nothing to government bean counters who think that rescue budgeting isn’t necessary. Tell that to the person who was rescued from dark cold water by a volunteer or outside agency. Yes weather events happen, and seemingly more frequently than ever before, and the one thing the government is always short of is mission capable boats and trained operators.

Lessons learned from flooding events always surface as a lack of stable craft with little to no draft led to increased casualties. The “It won’t happen to me.” mentality is increasingly proven to be wrong and when things are at their toughest only the toughest will be able to get the job done.

Most swift water rescue teams are only utilized when flooding is the plan of the day, and water likely isn’t swift in most areas unless topography is the dictating factor. This lack of foresight to low land communities with no rapid moving rivers stands in the way of budgeting for an inflatable rescue boat. Clearly as we can all see here in the US and abroad the truth tells a different story when unexpected rains fall.

To me there is nothing more tragic than a preventable loss of life, or when what should have been a rescue mission turns out to be a recovery. Compared to the costs of running a tin jon boat, (something rescuers know to be a hazard by the way), the cost of ownership and maintenance of an inflatable boat is much cheaper. The inflatable boat carries more cargo weight or people, costs less to operate and goes into much shallower water without grounding, even when laden with tons of cargo.

Personally I’ve been on just about every type of water craft available from submarines, to  Zodiacs, to a hovercraft, landing craft, dive boats etc. and the one boat that ticks the boxes off and saves more precious cargo is the Zodiac MILPRO inflatable boat. Whether you completed missions like me in the military or as a civilian, the Zodiac MILPRO has become ubiquitous in the rescue community. So why are we always in short supply when disaster hits?

Ask your local government officials this question. Too often the “Pros” are basing their whole mission load out off of their experience as a recreational fisherman in a tin or fiberglass boat, something that is woefully in adequate for the flooding mission or swift water mission profile. Try getting a big heavy tin boat launched into a flood zone where the gradient is varied and uncommon obstructions like fences and fire hydrants are the norm. All of the fishing experience in the world goes out the window and operators begin to realize just how bad that ultra expensive tin rescue boat was. Costs not in dollars but in lives are what become the tangible data metric. Trust me that government bean counter isn’t getting his or her feet wet, rendering crucial first aid or delivering supplies to cut of populations.

As we assimilate the term “Swift Water Rescue” into the common vocabulary we should be thinking on how those assets serve a bigger mission profile to save more lives. If your community is too small to field a proper swift water team in addition to their current department responsibilities take charge and hold a fund raising event to facilitate one. The life you save might be your own.

To speak with one of our qualified professionals regarding your swift water or flood rescue needs simply pick up the phone and call  (503)235-2628 don’t wait until it becomes a recovery mission.

Zodiac MILPRO SRMN 550 Custom Survey Package

What do you get when you put a Zodiac MILPRO SRMN 550 together with IBC’s Special Boats Division?

You get a mission capable boat that looks into the future of bathymetrics !

When the mission requires a nimble and fast boat with unbeatable stability to profile what’s under the surface you call IBC and get the ball rolling. IBC’s Special Boats Division and MILPRO lead Adam took the reigns to accomplish a customer’s mission on the water. The mission basics required a boat that was able to precisely loiter on station to get data from the undersea gradient and yet be able to very quickly maneuver to clear a shipping lane.

The Zodiac MILPRO SRMN 550 hull was selected as the platform of choice and an offshore style double motor bracket was custom fabricated and installed allowing the use of twin Yamaha 40Hp outboards.

A custom aluminum bolster and console with equipment racks and accessory tray were added to accommodate the electronics package and computers necessary to accomplish the mission. IBC also fabricated a t-top with a radar and AIS system integrated into the nav console electronics. Ship comms were patched in and outboard data and nav data also integrated into one of several smart displays keeping operations and navigation in one centralized spot.

Forward array handling was fabricated and installed to accommodate the customer’s apparatus not unlike some EOD apparatus systems integrated at our Special Boats Division shop for special operations.

Intrinsically safe and redundant systems were the norm on this highly sophisticated system integration package that unfortunately we cannot show in this format.

All in all another fun build by the Special Boats kids here at the shop for one of our Special Projects customers.

Do you have a special need or project that you’d like to discuss with IBC?

Give us a call (503)235-2629 and get read in to what’s possible.

 

Oregon Sends 125th STS To Aid In Houston Relief

The images and video of the recent hurricane and it’s aftermath are heart wrenching to look at. Members of the U.S.  Air Force 125th STS (special tactics squadron) have been deployed to aid in humanitarian relief in the stricken region. Many of these Special Forces Warriors are our close personal friends here at IBC and we wish them the best of luck and send our prayers to the people in the area.

Update The 304th Rescue Squadron has joined the rescue efforts with boats aircraft and PJ Rescue personnel. Hooyah 304th Rescue! Jon and the rest of the team our thoughts and prayers go with you.

IBC Zodiac MILPRO Rescue Class

When tragedies such as catastrophic flooding occur agencies often see the shortcomings in their disaster programs I.E. a lack of good Zodiac inflatable boats for rescue. IBC has been on the scene since the early 70’s providing agencies such as the 125th STS with boats, knowledge and training to accomplish their varied missions and continues to do so today.

Zodiac MILPRO ERB 380 Airfloor

Many of our customers and friends are already on the scene and are working diligently to rescue the people and even their pets in this trying time. Agencies looking to equip their teams should call Adam our Zodiac MILPRO lead to get started.

Models such as;

Zodiac FC 470

Zodiac ERB

Zodiac Grand Raid

Zodiac MK5

all work in the conditions present in Houston.

To our friends who already there doing their part, IBC thanks you for the people of Houston. To our buddy Hutch and the rest of the 125th STS Hooyah! IBC is here if you need us! Update The 304th Rescue Squadron has joined the rescue efforts with boats aircraft and PJ Rescue personnel. Hooyah 304th Rescue! Jon and the rest of the team our thoughts and prayers go with you.

To contact IBC for your MILPRO needs call (503)235-2628 and ask for Adam.

 

Introducing New Zodiac MILPRO RIBs

Recently IBC was in attendance for the 2017 Zodiac MILPRO Vancouver Seminar in Vancouver BC. Twenty six countries were represented with military, law enforcement, and other government agencies on hand for some bleeding edge technology and demos.

The offerings Zodiac MILPRO and Hurricane brought are a far stretch from the boats you might have been exposed to in your military days. Vastly improved material science and finite element analysis coupled to ISO standards and CAD/CAM mean these are stronger, lighter, faster, better than anything that has come before.

In my day (Mike) gps, cell phones, radar, etc. weren’t around or weren’t deployable in the R.I.B. platform. We used old school techniques and tools for the jobs at hand on the many different missions we ran in the Navy. Whether it was loading demo, or doing salvage or dive ops we did it all with the inflatable boats. Sure we dreamed big and wished certain things were available then that are now. Electronics wise we are light years ahead, gps, ais, radar, radio and more are all available in marinized versions that could launch the space shuttle with just one of their ic chips. Big glorious multi-function flat panels and touch controls coupled to fly by wire screaming power makes intercepting or overtaking any vessel a snap.

Multi-mission decks mean gun mounts to sonar fish are but a few minutes work to switch between. Shock mitigation cabins and reconfigurable seating means one boat does more in even the toughest conditions. These boats are special operator dream fuel, they are law enforcement sugar plums, they are the very tip of the spear or the trident as it were. The new Zodiac MILPRO and Hurricane R.I.B.s  will save more lives and cost less to operate than any other technology on, in, under, or above the water period!

If running boats for fun or profit is your thing you won’t do better than the Zodiac MILPRO lineup. IBC has the configuration you need and at the right price for quick return of investment. There are as many options as stars it seems so just because you haven’t seen it anywhere doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. Give Adam, IBC’s MILPRO specialist, Adam a call (503)235-2628 or shoot him an email adam@inflatableboats.com with your inquiry.

All pictures taken by Adam, faces blurred by necessity.

Zodiac MILPRO ERB 380

The Zodiac MILPRO ERB 380 Airfloor  model provides the user with the ability to inflate and get underway in  3 minutes with a compressed air tank such as SCUBA or SCBA. Originally designed for rapid inflation for rescue, law enforcement and military operations the Zodiac MILPRO ERB 380 Airfloor has been increasingly used as a stand alone boat for recreation or a tender for sailboats and yachts.

Ease of use and a Zodiac MILPRO pedigree mean more and more of these inflatable boats are seeing use at high latitudes and  in the tropics for tenders and work boats. The ability to have a slat floor, a heavy duty aluminum floor or the rapid inflate airfloor mean this example meets the needs of the ever changing mission/use waterscape.

Ratings for up to a 25Hp propped outboard or a 30 Hp Durajet outboard, 6 persons or 1430Lbs. cargo mean this 12’6″ is a go anywhere and do anything boat.

Zodiac MILPRO’s design, construction, and materials are legendary and singular in the field of inflatable boats representing the standard all others aspire to be.
The Zodiac MILPRO ERB 380 is available at The Inflatable Boat Center (503)235-2628 or by clicking here.

 



Zodiac MILPRO MK4 HD Alaskan Surf Or Bust!

Those of us who were on the oceans during the 80’s can remember exploring in Alaska, and surfing every break we found while sailing around the Arctic. Seeing new guys doing what we did some 30+ years ago gets the heart pumping and memories flowing again. Many of the early photographs of Mike (one of our salesmen) are of him in a Zodiac inflatable boat surrounded by ice or tundra in the background. Mike took a surfboard or two everywhere he went when he sailed from Hawaii or California during his many years at sea and hit all the spots others hadn’t made it to yet.

Flash forward to today’s modern age of cell phones, gps, and digital cameras and we see a whole new generation utilizing the same Zodiac MILPRO inflatable boats as Mike did back in the times of yore.

Today’s example is the Zodiac MILPRO MK4 HD, and for exploring around the arctic you can do no better. Because of the Zodiac MILPRO MK4 HD’s ability to be rolled up and stowed you can now take a heavy duty boat where ever the wind blows. Packed down into bags the Zodiac MILPRO MK4 HD isn’t much bigger than our shop dog Nora ,seen here relaxing in front of the Zodiac MILPRO MK4 HD. Fishing, hunting, cargo transportation, surfing, diving, shipyard, tending, you name it the Zodiac MILPRO MK4 HD does it all and with Futura Hull performance too!

Speaking of performance the Zodiac MILPRO MK4 HD can take twin long shaft 40hp outboards or you can run a Yamaha F70 (our favorite) and really scoot across the water. The Zodiac MILPRO MK4 HD’s size allows it to go up rivers and sloughs from the ocean with ease making that camp load out a snap and a one trip operation. Almost 2 tons of cargo for a capacity and incredible buoyancy that drafts in inches rather than feet means the Zodiac MILPRO MK4 HD goes and does where and what other boats can’t or won’t.

Call us at IBC (503)235-2628 to speak with one of our experienced staff members about your next adventure, we’d love to help!

CAPACITY

. maximum number of persons (ISO6185) : 12
. maximum payload including engine and fuels (ISO6185) : 1720 kg / 3792 lbs
. floorboard usable area : 3.585 m² / 38.57 sq ft
. buoyancy tube volume : 2500 l / 88 cu ft

DIMENSIONS

. overall length : 5.30 m / 17’ 5”
. inside length : 3.70 m / 12’ 2”
. overall width : 2.14 m / 7’
. inside width : 1.04 m / 3’ 5”
. weight empty : 150 kg / 331 lbs
. buoyancy tube diameter : 0.55 m / 1’10”
. folded dimensions : bag 1 5’1”x2’6”x1’5” – bag 2 4’5”x2’2”x0’10”

SAFETY / INFLATION

. number of airtight compartments on main buoyancy tube : 5
. intercommunicating, inflation valves : 4
. inflatable keel : 1
. lower tubes : 2
. design category (EC 94/25) : C

ENGINE POWER

. shaft length : L 20”
. recommended power : 45 kW / 60 HP
. maximum power : 60 kW / 80 HP
. maximum power with 2 engines : 2 x 30 kW / 2 x 40 HP
. maximum engine weight : 140 Kg / 308 lbs
. maximum weight with 2 engines : 2 x 95 Kg / 2 x209 lbs

STANDARD EQUIPMENT

FABRIC:
. buoyancy tubes : black , 1670 dtx, polyester, hypalon neoprene
. speed tubes : black , 940 dtx, polyamid, hypalon neoprene
. bottom : black , 940 dtx, polyamid, hypalon neoprene
. keel : black, 940 dtx, polyamid, hypalon neoprene
TRANSOM MARINE PLYWOOD:
. self-bailers : 4
. aluminium engine mounting plate : 1
. engine transom pad (marine plywood) : 1
. transom triangular deflector : 2
. transom bottom stainless steel protection shoe : 1
FLOORBOARD:
. anti-skid floorboard (anodised aluminum) : 4 parts
. bow floorboard marine plywood : 2
. stringers, wood profile : 2
. fixed bow thrust board : 1
VALVES:
. buoyancy tube intercommunication / inflation valves (delrin cap) : 4
. keel inflation valve (delrin): 1
. inflation valves on hoses to speed tubes (delrin): 2
REINFORCEMENTS:
. all around rubbing strake, flat profile, black: 1
. large transom ovoid reinforcement : 1670 dtx (PY)
. rubbing strake bow triangular profile : 1
. rubbing strake underneath lower tubes : 1 + 1

HANDLING

. lateral large lifting D rings (stainless steel with black coating) : 2
. bow lifting rings (stainless steel folding pad eyes on thrust board) : 2
. aft lifting rings (stainless steel U-bolts on transom) 2
. bow handle (plated brass) with black coating : 1
. exterior lifeline : all around
TOWING:
. aft towing rings, (stainless steel U bolts on transom) : 2
. bow large towing D-rings on tube (stainless steel with black coating) 2
OTHER EQUIPMENT:
. foot bellows + hose : 2
. repair kit with pressure indicator : 1
. paddles (aluminum shaft, plastic blade) with brackets : 2
. floorboard bag : 1
. boat bag : 1

 

 

 

Zodiac MILPRO MK2 Grand Raid Goes To OSU Research Dept.

Around here at IBC we get excited when we get requests from marine studies institutes looking for mission specific boats. Being marine life conservationists ourselves and boat enthusiasts we always wish we can go off on these missions to swim with sharks, or collect data about birds, etc.

Today’s mission was the latter, marine birds was the topic and night ops was the mission. To complete the OSU mission researchers had to make their observations and conduct their various operations in the dark in littoral zones where an ordinary boat just couldn’t go, nor carry the compliment of passengers and required science packages. IBC delivered a Zodiac MK2 Grand Raid (think Jacques Cousteau boat) which has the ability to carry an enormous amount of cargo and offers the robust fabric and reliability that only the Zodiac MILPRO line can deliver.

Areas that require beaching in turbulent conditions on variegated rocky coastlines require a level of finesse and toughness in the boat as well as the nighttime operators conducting the studies. The Zodiac MK2 Grand Raid meets and exceeds all expectations in this regard, and it does it at cost that doesn’t break the educational institute bank.

 

 

Other uses people might associate with the Zodiac MILPRO MK2 Grand Raid are rescue, law enforcement, heavy industry, and of course military. Some of our recreational users also spec out the Zodiac MILPRO MK2 Grand Raid for their tenders or primary boat activities. It’s very easy to understand why based on the Grand Raid’s reputation for toughness, stability and quality of construction.

To see a Zodiac MILPRO Grand Raid for yourself stop in to our shop or call one of our MILPRO specialists (503)235-2628 to discuss your needs.

MILPRO Season

This time of year IBC is always scuttling around busy with various agencies and their seagoing Zodiac MILPRO RIBs, and swift water rescue boats. In preparation to underway commitments bigger ships need work done and usually on the quick to meet mission requirements and deployment dates. The U.S. Coast Guard, Army Corps Of Engineers, U.S. Military Forces, state and federal law enforcement and fire you name it and we see it here.

Sometimes the service is just a bit of paint and shine on battle damage or even planned maintenance on a unit prior to deployment. Today it was a bit of paint on a U.S. Army Corp Of Engineers Zodiac MILPRO RIB. Our job was to de-rig a console set and repaint it prior to an underway. IBC made all of the graphics, matched the color, and painted the console set, then rigged it back to spec. It’s just too bad we didn’t get a chance to re-rub the entire boat but budget and underway commitments take precedent over what we want.

Fortunately Mike grabbed a couple of pics of the boat before she had to go back to the mother ship so we could appreciate the job the repair shop did.

IBC is your one stop shop for sales and service of the full Zodiac MILPRO line of RIBs and inflatable boats. Give us a call today for your military and professional needs and see why we are ranked Tier 1.

IBC Zodiac MILPRO Rep. Adam (503) 235-2628

Zodiac MILPRO SRA 750 D-Tube

Agencies that spend their time on the water ask for it by name….Zodiac MILPRO’s SRA 750 D-Tube. With so many marine operations underway in today’s society it’s no wonder that Zodiac MILPRO took the tried and true RHIB or RIB platform to new levels of performance in the SRA 750’s multi-mission platform. Suited for both ship based and port based operations the increased internal space provided by the Zodiac MILPRO SRA 750 “D-Tube” checks off the boxes for VBSS missions abroad as well as Homeland Security missions at the home fronts.

Features such as Zodiac’s shock mitigation system saves the backs of our warfighters in SWCC where surgery scars are the norm not the exception. High performance fly by wire controls and ultra high output outboards that sip fuel while on mission married to the SRA 750’s advanced hull design mean more time on station with lower operating costs and extended range capabilities. Abilities to go from over the horizon to the littoral zones for team insertion are noteworthy force multipliers making missions successful, safer and wider reaching into the battle space or rescue area.

For ship to ship VBSS missions (one of the most dangerous missions to undertake) operators appreciate the speed and stability only a Zodiac MILPRO can bring to the fight making it the ideal platform for boarding and clearing vessels who venture into exclusion zones. Pirates hate the Zodiac MILPRO SRA’s ability to mount weapons on the re-configurable deck plate system and it’s unparalleled speed in conditions that will sink lesser boats. Encircling and capturing combatant craft while at sea before they can come close to shipping or military assets means more lives saved.

You don’t have to the tip of the spear to use the SRA 750, whale watching tours to shipyard and coastal rescue organizations can all benefit from the steady and speedy nature of the SRA 750. Bar pilots love what the SRA 750 represents in terms of usability and cost of ownership when compared to more traditional boats on the market today. Rigid foam collars are available for the heavy shipping user as well as the recreational customer and can offer some advantages over inflatable when used in a high abrasion application like salvage or deep sea missions.

Yes the SRA 750 has notched it up a few clicks for it’s users and since it’s multi-mission there’s a configuration for anyone who works on the water. To schedule a demo or to purchase a Zodiac MILPRO SRA 750 call the pros at IBC (503)235-2628 and get the best boat for the mission of choice.

Zodiac MILPRO ZMSR 380 Surf Rescue Boat

If you’re living near us you know the weather has been a bit cool lately with lows in the 30’s, but if you’re near the river you know this is the time of year we get to play too.

Recently IBC’s test pilots Adam and Mike went out to hit the water with Depot Bay’s Fire and Rescue to demo a few boats of which the Zodiac ZMSR 380 Surf Rescue was one. Zodiac MILPRO’s ZMSR 380 is an easy to assemble and use inflatable boat designed for the challenges rescue personnel face in coastal operation zones. From the water up the Zodiac MILPRO ZMSR takes lessons learned from across the globe’s surf zones and puts technology and know how into the very core of the design.

Features such as the stringerless composite deck with integrated foot straps and soft non-skid come to meet the eye when you peer into the boat. To address the surf zones ability to move a city block of water per wave Zodiac MILPRO’s approach to dewatering is simple yet elegant utilizing dual ovoid scupper trunks that dump the water out almost as fast as it can come in. Rounding out the integrated bow dodger is a co-pilot handle making punching thru the surf safe and easy.

The Zodiac MILPRO ZMSR 380 is also available in a racing version for the lifeguard competitions in Australia and South Africa. If you’re not a competitor or a surf lifeguard don’t fret the Zodiac MILPRO ZMSR 380 performs exceptionally well in swift water and flood water rescues making it a top level pick for inland rescue teams that need a high performance rescue platform.

To schedule a demo with IBC in the Zodiac MILPRO ZMSR 380 have your department’s training officer or chief give us a call (503)235-2628 and get your space reserved. To order the Zodiac MILPRO ZMSR 380 shop online via our secure website or give the pros at IBC a call (503)235-2628.