Originally, Olympia Triumph distributed a range of metal fittngs and rope rescue equipment to the oil and gas industries and rescue services based in the United Kingdom. Our range of equipment in 1978 included an aluminium telescopic reach pole which was used for attaching rescue equipment to an anchor point above a fallen casualty to allow for a rescue to be instigated.
On the 8th August 1983 Olympia Triumph made a presentation of our equipment range, to the Royal Marines based nearby. We were then approached by the unit to provide a solution to boarding passenger ferries and commercial vessels with a height up to 15m for maritime interdiction operations, Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS). It took three years to design, manufacture and test a suitable system which would exceed the requirements and stand up to conditions faced during operational use. With the final prototypes completed, Olympia Triumph loaned the poles to RM Poole for real world evaluation.
We were invited to the debrief to discuss the results of the evaluation. Speaking with the end users gave us insight into the conditions they were expected to operate in and which the equipment needed to perform without failure.