Lifesaving Testimonial: 16-yr-old driver flips car upside down into water and escapes using her resqme tool to break the window and crawl out!
Her father sent this testimonial to us: “I just wanted to thank you for making this product. Your glass breaker saved my 16 year old daughter today. She rolled her car into a brook and the car went down and if it wasn’t for this product she may have not been with us anymore. She quickly pulled it off her keychain and broke the side window and climbed out. Thank you”
With great pride and excitement, resqme, Inc. is once again sponsoring the brave Emme Hall and Sabrina Howells as they make their way across the harsh and unforgiving Moroccan desert in the Rallye Aicha des Gazelles – one of the toughest motorsport races in the world.
As team Indian Joans, #178, tackle this nine-day, off road rally through the Sahara, they’ll bring resqme tools with them – no doubt, a useful automotive safety device in case of their own auto emergency – but Hall and Howells will also be handing them out to fellow drivers. As in past races sponsored by resqme, the tools were a hit!
“resqme was also our title sponsor in 2014,” said Howells, navigator for team Indiana Joans. “We gave away over 100 [resqme] tools to the other Gazelle teams and the response was immediate. Everyone loved the idea…”
The Gazelle Rally is an all-female race but that doesn’t mean it’s for sissies. These fierce Gazelles from 30 countries – including US team #178, Indiana Jones – must navigate their vehicle to hidden checkpoints across the desert using just a compass and map.
GPS is not allowed and neither are cell phones. Anything can go wrong in the desert and the race is an ultimate test of willpower, spirit, skill and determination.
At times, teams will find their trucks stuck in the sand and it’s the teamwork and perseverance that keeps you going.
But it’s the relationships you forge on and off the road that cause these Gazelles to come back as changed women. Check out this awesome video by ESPN-W that tells all about the race, the champions and the most difficult opponent – the desert.
credit: Emme Hall
The competition is March 23-31 but technical verification begins March 18. Points are awarded for the shortest distance between checkpoints, not the fastest time. And the team that clocks the fewest kilometers is the winner. We’re rooting for Team Indiana Joans and their Land Rover Defender to own the lead.
You can follow the team and send messages of encouragement at http://www.rallyeaichadesgazelles.com/
Check out more photos and live coverage, too. We’ll be sure to keep you updated on Team 178 and their progress!
One of our resqme distributors in Cyprus has taken great strides to make safety a priority in his country. resqme Cyprus partnered with Reaction Cyprus, a local NGO for public and road safety, to promote auto safety across this beautiful island country in the Eastern Mediterranean .
Joining with other local organizations, resqme Cyprus visited victims of road accidents and low income families over the holiday season, spreading cheer and passing out Christmas presents with the help of DHL.
And now, to kick off the new year, resqme Cyprus will be releasing some short videos educating Cyprus drivers about driving in fog, snow, heavy rain, and on high mountain roads. Thanks to their team, Cyprus drivers are becoming safer every day – Keep up the great work!
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By Laurent Colasse, founder and president of resqme, Inc.
As their memorial anniversary approaches, we at resqme, Inc. remember college softball athletes Ashley Neufeld, 21, and two of her teammates, Kyrstin Gemar and Afton Williamson, who went on a late-night stargazing adventure in their SUV, Nov. 1, 2009, only to crash into a farm pond in Stark County, North Dakota. Tragically, Ashley, her teammates and her dog were unable to escape when the car was submerged in water, cutting short the lives of these talented young women.
In the wake of Ashley’s fatal accident years ago, we partnered with the Neufeld family to raise funds with our resqme 2-in-1 keychain rescue tool. Over the years, the Neufeld’s have been a source of inspiration and strength and I had the pleasure of visiting them again on my recent trip to Canada.
I traveled the road west of Winnipeg to Brandon to visit the friends whose cause is very dear to my heart. Phil and Bev Neufeld are the surviving parents of Ashley Neufeld, who died in 2009, along with two friends when their SUV crashed into a farm pond in Stark County, North Dakota. Ashley was 21 and a student at North Dakota’s Dickinson State University. As I drove the long, flat road crossing a bunch of agricole fields from Winnipeg to the Neufeld’s in Brandon, Canada, I recalled our work with the Ashley Neufeld Memorial Fund – a cooperative effort with her parents to prevent tragedies like this from happening to other families. Resqme tools emblazoned with the logo of Ashley’s memorial fund have raised more than $50,000 for the Fund’s causes and helped save the lives of others in danger of vehicle entrapment.
I was greeted warmly by the Neufeld’s and their son, Jeff. Ashley was a gifted softball athlete, so we went to see the progress of the new softball field being constructed in Brandon in part through funds from resqme sales imprinted with Ashley’s name. This softball park will be named under Ashley Neufeld in memory of her love for this sport. After a fine dinner at Blu restaurant, whose owner has been particularly supportive of the Neufeld’s cause, we returned to their home where I visited Ashley’s bedroom – everything has remained the same as she left it years ago. Her room was beautifully decorated in green colors with dark blue stripes and it was full of pictures of herself playing softball for Dickinson State University. A black metal chest was sitting on the floor, and on top of it was a wood box with a picture of Ashley with her dog, Easton, engraved with the year she was born and the year she died. Inside the box remain her ashes until the softball field is completed.
Phil and Bev’s intentions are to erect a granite memorial at the entry to the field, in which a portion of Ashley’s ashes will rest. I offered to have the resqme foundation participate in this project by funding the cost of the monument. We chatted for a little while longer and I went to rest and reflect on an emotional day. The next morning, I was treated to Bev’s home-cooked breakfast and we visited Brandon’s sport outlet – this was the store where resqme tool sales in the community started in 2009 and continue today, selling to benefit the Ashley Neufeld Memorial Fund.
Returning to my sweet home in Santa Barbara I’m struck at how this trip has been an amazing experience full of intense emotions and I realize how fortunate I am to meet such wonderful people in a short period of time. They said that I have changed their life since they’ve known me, but equally, they have changed mine. And I am grateful to somehow help make a difference in others’ lives.
For some time unfortunately, several copies the resqme tool have been found in different countries.
We had a sudden growth in China after heavy rains affecting the city of Beijing. Since then, it has become a true battle to defend the intellectual properties of resqme and attack all counterfeits of the tool. We cannot certify the proper functioning of the tools called by different names and copy of the resqme tool.
We ask the consumer to be cautious about their purchase of any road safety tool.
Check before buying your tool:
-its usefulness and its function (cuts the seat belt and breaks windows)
-Sender: (know and trust your supplier, many knock offs are from Asian countries)
-Be aware many knock offs use our old logo. If unsure please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to verify the tool is an original.
-Check the patent (Rheinland (TUV), a global certification and safety technical services laboratory, has tested and certified independently resqme tool:
GS Mark – safety tested
CE mark – according to the directives of the European Union)
The resqme, Inc. is pleased to announce we have received fifteen stories of people having used the resqme tool to save their lives and those of others this year. For example, a Canadian returning from holiday family lost control of their vehicle on a flooded bank: this family was well prepared and equipped and got out of this emergency using resqme.
Witting by Tom Harkness
As written recently on the resqme blog the way we use phones has changed dramatically in just the past decade. Gone are the days of simply using it to talk with a friend or loved one. Now, we’re sending texts, picture messages, and emails all the time, with some of us doing so while driving. This is, as some of you surely know, an extremely dangerous activity with truly staggering statistics supporting the fact that drivers need to keep their eyes on the road—and off of their smartphones!
The Realities of Texting and Driving
If you are of the thought that too many people are texting/emailing and driving at the same time today, you’re not alone. According verizon wireless to, 89 percent of adults feel the same way and believe it should be outlawed. No surprise, then, that a majority of the United States—41 out of 50 states—has banned the practice. With good reason, as you are apparently 23 times more likely to get in an accident if you’re texting/emailing while driving. Why? Well, part of the reason is that, as Verizon notes, you end up driving blindly for (at least) 4.6 seconds. At 55 mph, you’ll have gone the length of a football field while sending that text—so don’t do it. Put the phone down and focus on driving, you (and everyone else on the road) will be thankful that you did.
There’s An App For That
Going without your phone while driving doesn’t mean you need to ignore or lose communication with your contacts. Verizon actually teamed up with the Safely company to provide a free smartphone app for Android users. The way it works is simple: the Safely Go app automatically responds to any calls or texts you receive, which allows your contacts to know you are driving at the moment. As a result, you’re still “in touch” but also focused on the much more important task at hand: driving with your full attention. You can download the app <a href=”https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.safely.go.driver.safety.
What Else Can Be Done
Despite everything you can do to keep yourself from causing a collision, there’s no accounting for the very real possibility of an accident still occurring. With that in mind, it’s important to be properly prepared for such an incident. By having a resqme device nearby, perhaps even on your keychain, you will always be ready for an accident where getting out of your vehicle seems almost impossible. As reported by CBC, this was a reality for a Saskatchewan mom who drove her SUV into a pond. She had reached back to give her young child a snack when the car travelled off the highway and into the water.
She and her husband were prepared for exactly this situation, though, and had researched how to escape drowning vehicles. This led her to acquiring a resqme device, which she used to smash the window and safely exit the vehicle with her family. The woman told CBC News: “One of the first things we did when we got home, was I wanted to buy one for all of my friends and family. So we called around the, city, and you’d be surprised, nobody even knew what we were talking about.”
Oceanside, CA (September 2014)—Faith Hammes, 33, was leaving the Oceanside Mottino YMCA after a class when a situation began to unfold in the parking lot. A two year-old boy was sitting buckled in his car seat when his mother accidentally locked her car, leaving him, the car keys and her mobile phone inside.
Hammes recounted that the mother borrowed a mobile phone from a passerby to call 911 while they ran to the YMCA to ask for help. When the passerby returned, the mother was already off the phone and seemed very upset. She was told that an emergency crew would not be responding. At this point, the Oceanside Police Department was contacted, and two volunteer police officers were dispatched. Upon arriving at the scene, the volunteer officers approached the car and advised the distressed mother to call her insurance company.
LOCAL HERO. Faith Hammes, 38, with 8 year-old son Zion and 2 year-old daughter Sage.
Equally distressed as the mother, Hammes realized that even if the insurance company responded to the mother’s call, there was no guarantee someone would arrive in time to save the toddler. With the child already trapped in the car for 10 minutes in 90-degree heat, Hammes knew that every minute spent waiting was critical to his safe rescue.
“There were a lot of people standing around the car and trying to help,” Hammes recalled. “There were some parents, including the mom whose child was trapped in the car, who took turns trying to break the driver’s side window with a tire iron—with no luck.”
After watching the scene unfold from across the parking lot and realizing the mother would not be receiving help from law enforcement anytime soon, Hammes stepped into action.
She quickly retrieved a small car escape tool called resqme from her car’s glove box that she remembers buying for emergency situations such as this.
“I grabbed my two year-old daughter, Sage, and ran as fast as I could. All I could think about was the blistering heat inside the car, the time that must have elapsed (10 minutes or more) and the traumatic pounding of the tire iron on the window for the child,” Hammes said. “When I got back to the scene, I yelled ‘I have a tool, let me try!’ It took seconds for me to break and smash the back window opposite the toddler—I couldn’t believe how easy and effective a small tool like resqme could be!”
Once the driver’s-side front window was smashed, the door was unlocked and the boy was safely taken out of the car by his mother. Cheers and claps broke out around Hammes. “Both the mom and I burst into tears at that moment. I asked if everyone was okay and then focused on my daughter, knowing how scary this all must have been for her.”
The incident is one of several cases of children being left inside vehicles throughout the country. According to nonprofit KidsAndCars.org, 26 child deaths have been reported due to heatstroke while trapped in hot cars this year. In neighboring City of Vista, Hammes’ cousin, Brendan, who works as an engineer in the city’s Fire Department, confirmed that their department responds two to four times per month to calls about a child being trapped in a hot car.
While the month of September has officially been deemed “Child Passenger Safety Month” to raise public awareness about the proper way to safely secure children in car seats, there is no month devoted to educating parents and children on how to escape from a locked car on a hot day.
“Something needs to be done about this happening in our area,” Hammes said. “I am not going to rest until I am assured that 911 protocol will be different next time there is a family in need.”
Make Safety Your Priority This Back-To-School Season with resqme®, alertme™, protectme™, and defendme™ Always by Your Side
Santa Barbara, CA (September 2014)—Summer is out and school season is in. As 22 million students are expected to attend colleges and universities, it is important to include lifesaving tools in every student’s checklist of back-to-school essentials. Accidents and crimes happen in and around many college campuses across the United State, seemingly moe and more each year. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)’s Uniform Crime Report, there are about 3,000 campus-related violent crime incidents each year while an average of 2,700 teenagers aged 16-19 are killed and almost 282,000 suffer from motor vehicle-related accidents. Fortunately resqme, Inc. — a leading US developer of the latest safety technologies and tools—offers its line of lifesaving products for the college student of today: resqme® Car Escape Tool, alertme Stay Awake Device, protectme, Pepper Spray and defendme Personal Alarm.
resqme® Car Escape Tool: With an average of 400 deaths per year caused by vehicle submersion, resqme® Car Escape Tool helps students behind the wheel to quickly and safely escape from a sinking vehicle with its compact window-breaker and seatbelt-cutter. This keychain emergency rescue device features a concealed steel blade to swiftly cuts through seatbelts, and a spring-loaded spike to shatter window glass with one push—a perfect portable companion for drivers, both young and old.
alertme Stay Alert Device: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that 1 in 6 fatal accidents involve drowsy driving or driving with impaired attention, decreased awareness, and slow reaction time.5 alertmeis a tool designed to alert tired drivers of their own drowsiness. The compact, easy-to-use device sits behind the ear and buzzes if the head nods unexpectedly—effectively alerting the driver to stop driving and pull off the road. The ergonomically-designed devise is ideal for students, helping prevent accidents on long drives, late night driving, or even long study sessions!
protectme Pepper Spray: At least 1 in 4 women will be the target of sexual assault during their college career.6 protectme Pepper Spray is an essential tool that helps students defend themselves from potential attackers. When sprayed, it irritates the eyes and lungs, causing pain and rendering the attacker immobilized, giving the intended victim time to escape. It is a small keychain size yet still sprays over 10 feet making it the perfect device to keep students safe from any potential violence this school year.
defendme Personal Alarm: As mentioned above, attacks on women at universities is a real threat, but not just to women. Attacks can happen at any time, but most often in a moment of vulnerability. With defendme, your student can walk back to the dorms at night in safety or any other situation where they feel threatened. Whenever you sense danger, simply pull on the clip of the alarm which will release and expel a loud alarm, drawing attention to yourself and scaring off any would be attackers.
“Back-to-school can be a stressful time among parents who worry about the safety and wellbeing of their children,” said Laurent Colasse, founder and President of resqme, Inc. “With our lifesaving tools, both parents and students will have the peace of mind knowing they are safe and protected. And because resqme tools are small, portable, and convenient to carry, they are a definite must-have back-to-school essential for every student.”
So for the millions of students heading to school this year, stay safe and be prepared with resqme, alertme, protectme, and defendme. Peace of mind has never been so easy and affordable.
About resqme, Inc. #1 in safety, resqme was introduced in 2003 by Laurent Colasse, French native and current Santa Barbara, CA resident, dedicated to making a difference in people’s lives and ensuring public safety. The company is committed to continuing its leadership in providing the latest safety technologies for drivers across the country. Proudly made in the USA, resqme is dedicated to educating drivers and sharing information that can save lives on the road When Seconds Count™.
 National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) (2013) “Back-to-School Statistics.” NCES.ed.gov/fastfacts  Business Insider (2012) “The Most Dangerous Colleges in America.” BusinessInsider.com  Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) (2014) “Injury Prevention & Control: Motor Vehicle Safety: Teen Drivers: Fact Sheet.” CDC.gov/motorvehiclesafety/teen_drivers/teendrivers_factsheet.html  “Vehicle submersion: A review of the problem, associated risks and survival information.” Aviation, Space and Environmental Medicine 2013: 84:498.
5National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) “Drowsy Driving & Automobile Crashes: NCSDR/NHTSA Expert Panel on Driver Fatigue and Sleepiness.” NHTSA.gov/people/injury/drosy_driving1/drowsy.html
“When we hit the water I couldn’t believe what was happening. My husband had been napping in the passenger seat and was jolted awake to me screaming that we were in the water. Once the car finally stopped it bobbed a little and the front end started sinking.
The water was almost at the windows which no longer worked nor did the sunroof.
My husband and I had no idea how deep the slough was or if anyone had seen us go in. We just needed to get our son and get out. We had seen a segment with Dr.Geisbrecht and the resqme window punch on the CBC’s Rick Mercer Report and did our best to recall what to do. We didn’t waste time trying to open the doors or calling 911.
We made a plan to get our son. I pushed the luggage that flew up to the front on impact out of the way while my husband reached over the passenger seat to undo our son’s carseat belt. While he was undoing our son, I used our resqme window punch to smash my driver side window. Water started coming in through my window and the front end started sinking faster. There was too much luggage and glass to pull our son through my window so I swam around to the passenger side to help my husband get our son out. My husband used the resqme to punch out his window but not before covering our son in a blanket and punching the rear passenger window as well. My husband got out and then pulled our son out. We swam to shore with the assistance of some good samaritans who jumped in to help us. By the end of it the car was partially submerged with front end completely submerged. I have nightmares when I think about how the scenario could have played out if we did not have our resqme. Preventing accidents is priority – Being prepared in the event of an accident can make all the difference. Thank you for this inexpensive, effective and life-saving tool.”
Natalie ends her story with these words for the resqme team: ” It has been embarrassing airing my mistake, but worth it if it can help someone else. There are no words to express my gratitude for your kindness and support. You have helped turned this traumatizing event into something positive.” Natalie Millar
May 1, 2014 – Santa Barbara, CA – resqme, Inc., a US-based company dedicated to providing tools to improve motorist safety, will showcase their celebrated car escape tool along with an innovative line of safety tools at this year’s National Hardware Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center, May 6th – 8th, 2014. With more than 400 American fatalities per year caused by people trapped in submerged vehicles(1), resqme, Inc. understands the importance of every second during a potential life-threatening emergency. Resqme, Inc.’s President and Founder Laurent Colasse will be present to introduce the company’s line of life-saving tools and demonstrate how simple it is to take emergency preparedness into one’s own hands (Booth #7223).
Originally developed for first responders, resqme® has been saving lives for over 10 years. Proudly made in the USA, the tool is now carried by millions of drivers throughout the world. Resqme Inc.’s revolutionary 0.6-ounce auto escape tool features a concealed steel blade that swiftly cuts through seatbelts and a spring-loaded spike that, with one push, breaks window glass, providing drivers and passengers with an easy escape. The tool comes in 8 modern colors and is now available with a new line of premium accessories. For this year’s NHS, resqme, Inc. will offer live demonstrations of the device at the resqme booth (#7223) at 10:00 AM and 2:00PM each day.
With a primary goal of educating drivers and saving lives on the road, resqme, Inc. will debut a range of new products for 2014 including their versatile safety kits and pepper spray, which will be unveiled at the National Hardware Show. These luxury safety kits include first aid essentials as well as a variety of indispensable lifesaving tools including the original keychain car escape tool, resqme®. The company will also introduce the resqme pepper spray which offers its holder a means of safety and self-defense in a threatening circumstance, temporarily impairing the attacker’s vision.
See firsthand how easy it can be to prepare for a potentially life threatening incident with just a few essential tools by visiting the resqme booth at this year’s National Hardware Show (Booth #7223).
About resqme, Inc.
Founded by Laurent Colasse in 2003. After the introduction of the LifeHammer, the resqme® tool was designed out of need for a portable and accessible auto emergency rescue tool. The resqme® is a compact window-breaker and seatbelt-cutter that can be carried on your keys for easy access. With over 3 million units sold, the resqme® tool is distributed to serve both first responders and millions of motorists worldwide in case of an emergency. Proudly made in the United States, the award-winning resqme tool aims to give drivers peace of mind on the road When Seconds Count…™.
For more information about resqme products, please visit www.resqme.com.
Alissa Sears at Christie Communications
(1): “Vehicle submersion: A review of the problem, associated risks and survival information.” Aviation, Space and Environmental Medicine 2013: 84:498.