Future Rescue Concepts

2013 Strategic Design

10-week term project in collaboration with Dräger Safety

The objective
This year the first objective was the complex task of identifying relevant design opportunities for improving safety before, during and after a train crash scenario. The next step was to identify opportunities for developing new solutions and equipment for the rescue personnel present on site in case of a large-scale rescue operation. In addition to these challenges the students were also asked to explore, analyse and visualize the Dräger brand, taking into account both the visual and spiritual DNA of Dräger Safety's philosophy and product ranges.

Field study and reference group
The term project started with a 3-day course at MSB's school in Revinge (The Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency), here the students got first hand insights to the practical procedures and physical difficulties when securing a crash site and evacuating victims from a crashed train (see the movie). A local reference group in Umeå, consisting of fire fighters, ambulance personnel and researchers from the Centre for Research and Development - Disaster Medicine (KcKM) at Umeå University, participated throughout the project with input and feedback.

Representatives from Dräger Safety's product development and design department in Lübeck shared insights and showed product examples at the visit at MSB and participated with feedback on design and product development during the project's gateways and final presentation in Umeå.

At the final presentation 9 different concepts were presented addressing different design opportunities such as: a safety-train-interior concept, a modular off-road rescue vehicle, concepts for providing an visual overview at a crash site, locating victims, neck collar with build-in monitoring and compact oxygen generators, next generation triage-system and head protection for paramedics.

External project tutor:
Alex Liebert, industrial designer and design manager of the Industrial Design Competence Center at Atlas Copco, where they manage, develops and differentiate more than 30 different brands and their unique design languages within the Atlas Copco Group.

Course responsible:
Thomas Degn, Programme Director for the APD programme