September 13, 2012

Cover Story

CEO of the Year

Utah’s business landscape is rich with professionals who have le...Read More

Featured Articles

Did you go Skiing this winter?

Around Utah


Martin Plaehn

Karen Sendelback

Legal Briefs
Social Media and Employers: Friends or Enemies?

Money Talk
The Case for HSAs

Economic Insight
Time to Show Up

Lessons Learned
Make a Move

In the Lab

Rent to Own

Business Trends
Back from the Dead

Living Well
Artful Inspiration

A Breath of Fresh Air

Worst-Case Scenario

Regional Report
Northern Utah

Measure Up

Industry Outlook
Travel & Tourism



Sandy Fire to Use EZ Lift Rescue System

Press Release

September 13, 2012

An alliance of Utah students and entrepreneurs has created an innovative way to address a problem that has long plagued firefighters and rescue personnel. And, soon, Utah firefighters and EMTs will have the opportunity to test the new product in the field.

Supported by BioInnovations Gateway, Utah-based companies Zien Medical Technologies and EZ Lift Rescue Systems, Inc. have developed the EZ Life Rescue System, a reinvention of the traditional rescue backboard that will better protect EMTs from back injuries.

EZ Lift will delivered its first round of rescue systems to the Sandy Fire Department yesterday morning.

The idea for the new backboard came from Utah emergency room doctor, Robert Heck, who turned to Zien Medial Technologies for help creating the new product. Zien is housed at BioInnovations Gateway, a business incubator funded in part by the Utah Science Technology and Research (USTAR) initiative that partners high school students with start-up companies.

The result is a high-tech rescue backboard that is much more comfortable for patients and more easily lifted and carried by rescue personnel.

“This product would not be going to Sandy before next year in any other manufacturing environment,” said David Robinson, president of EZ Lift Rescue Systems, Inc. “We are a microcosm of what the visionaries behind USTAR set out to accomplish – encouraging innovation, education and small business growth within the state of Utah.”

The Sandy Fire Department will be the first agency in Utah to use the EZ Lift system in the field. Additional clients include the City of San Francisco and major national ambulance companies.

“This is more than just a commercial product, this really could save the backs – and the careers – of our rescuers,” said Tim Norris, training division captain for the Sandy Fire Department. “It is also unique in that it was envisioned, designed and manufactured right in here our community.”

Utah Business Social
UB Events View All
PR Spring ConferenceUtah Business Event
May 7, 2015
Join your Utah colleagues from Utah Business, PRSA & IABC for this important, 1-day event that in...
30 Women to WatchUtah Business Event
May 21, 2015
Utah Business Magazine along with Snell & Wilmer are proud to announce the 18th annual 30 Women T...
CXO of the Year 2015 - NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN!Utah Business Event
Jun 25, 2015
NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN_______DEADLINE TO ENTER: April 28, 2015 Nomination Forms Utah Busin...
Community Events View All
Walk MS: Southern Utah 2015
Mar 28, 2015
Join us in sunny St. George March 28, 2015 and experience an event unlike any other! Walk MS is...
Walk MS: Southern Utah 2015
Mar 28, 2015
Join us in sunny St. George March 28, 2015 and experience an event unlike any other! Walk MS is...  |  90 South 400 West, Ste 650 Salt Lake City, Utah 84101   |  (801) 568-0114

Advertise with Utah Business

Submit an Event

* indicates required information
* Event Name:
Price (general):
Website (if applicable):
Coordinator's Name:
Coordinator's Email:
Coordinator's Phone:
Venue Name:
Venue Address:
Venue City:
Venue Zip:
Event Capacity:
* Event Description: