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Meditech 4 Sport was established in 2017 with the aim of creating the safest and easiest two-person-carry aid the world had ever seen.
The need for a more sophisticated approach to performing the two-person-carry was first recognised by Fleetseat co-founder Luke Versace, in 2012. At the time, Luke was watching a game of Australian Rules Football (AFL) on TV when a player went to ground with what immediately looked to be a significant ankle injury. Unable to put any weight on his injured ankle and therefore unable to walk, the player relied on the assistance of two sports trainers to carry him off using the traditional two-person-carry method. Unfortunately for the player, the trainers were simply unable to establish and then maintain the required body positions and holds for long enough to move the player more than a few metres before needing to stop the carrying process, readjust and make another attempt. Ultimately, the trainers gave up on carrying the player off and instead just tried to help take as much of his weight as possible as he hopped off the field on his good leg.
Drawing on his own experiences of being in and around professional sport, Luke couldn’t help but think about how out of place it was to see something so jarringly amateurish in what was otherwise the most elite environment imaginable.
In the year that followed, Luke paid close attention any time a two-person-carry was performed. As he watched more and more examples of it he realised that more often than not, the carriers, despite usually appearing strong enough to perform the two-person-carry, were routinely unable to do so effectively.
Importantly, it was during that period that Luke identified a less obvious but highly significant problem with performing the two-person-carry; the potential for the person being carried off to feel as though they had been touched or indeed were touched in an inappropriate, unwanted or invasive way. As someone who has previously practiced criminal law and worked in a primary school as a teacher, Luke immediately realised that there was a genuine risk of a person being touched in a way that they had not consented to. It was at this point that Luke decided the need for a two-person-carry aid was extremely important and that having them available in sporting environments, at schools, in workplaces and in the hands of first responders would genuinely benefit society. Not long after that, Luke created what would eventually become the first Fleetseat prototype.
Although Luke emphatically believed in the need for a two-person-carry-aid, it was not until after the completion of his successful athletics career that he was fortuitously introduced to John Pantelli. The two quickly became friends and before long Luke shared his idea with John. Like Luke, John believed strongly in the concept and shortly after meeting they began working towards seeking user feedback as well as product validation by highly regarded and respected medical practitioners.
This occurred quickly; as did the recognition that they would need to amass the right talent and expertise to execute Luke’s vision, so they put together a team to help bring Fleesteat to life. First to join them was finance and accounting specialist, Dominik Kucera. He was followed by George and David Vicino; two men who brought with them engineering expertise and business success through their family business, SYPAQ Systems, one of Australia’s leading Defence & Aerospace Engineering firms. The final member of the team to join was highly regarded sales professional, Gemma Versace.
Together, the Fleetseat team worked collaboratively with world leading biomechanist, Professor Franz Fuss, from Swinburne University, as well as the talented team from Outerspace Design, to produce the most user friendly and safe two-person-carry-aid possible. After almost 3 years, dozens of iterations and hundreds of hours of testing, this goal was achieved and within one year Fleetseat was launched.
Fleetseat now boasts several customers including sporting leagues, multinational Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) corporations, law enforcement agencies, and can also be found on the premises of companies, community groups and education institutions who value the safety of their people, where Fleetseat sits alongside other essential first aid products such as first aid kits and defibrillators.
Fleetseat is currently available for sale in Australia and is due to be released in the USA and Europe in the second half of 2021.
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The Fleetseat is designed for use in a variety of situations and environments including sporting events, schoolyards, buildings, disaster areas, military and para-military operations, hiking or in any kind of emergency. The Fleetseat is a must-have patient-carrying device for all situations.See all the product benefits
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