Next week is FDIC 2016 and we are so excited for it! As always, we’ll have customer units on display and sales representatives from Braun direct and our national dealer network in Booth #3665. However, this year’s show will have a unique twist for us as we plan to debut footage from an ambulance crash test completed earlier this year. Featuring a ten-year-old Braun ambulance, the video shows the force exerted on the ambulance from a side-impact accident. It’s the Fire/EMS Industry’s first ambulance rollover test, and we’re looking forward to showing it off for the first time at FDIC 2016.
“This is something we’ve been working on for quite a while,” says Braun Industries, Inc. President, Kim Braun. “We are eager to show it first at FDIC 2016; having the opportunity to view the crash test footage with our dealer representatives and customers in person –together– at our largest trade show is something we’re very excited about. We have always been a company committed to safety and quality, but the strategic investment to conduct the industry’s first rollover crash test is helping us take it to the next level with tangible proof. We want to lead the way in ambulance safety and design, and one of the ways we can do that is by ensuring our emergency vehicles meet and exceed current safety standards. Developing repeatable crash test scenarios in a controlled environment takes a lot of time and money–and it’s not an investment our competition has been willing to make yet. We felt this was a critical initiative to undertake sooner than later, and we’re looking forward to sharing the results at FDIC 2016 first.”
FDIC show attendees will get the exclusive first look at the rollover crash test footage. The two-minute video will be displayed throughout the show on large HD monitors mounted fifteen feet in the air for optimal viewing. It shows highlights from the test Braun completed earlier this year on a ten-year-old ambulance model. The test was designed to simulate the proposed SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) J3057 body integrity test; it uses science and data to focus on the modular body and roll impact loading-or how well the box holds up in the event of a rollover. FDIC 2016 exhibit hall hours are: Thursday, April 21 - 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm, Friday, April 22 - 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, and Saturday, April 23 - 9:00 am - 2:00 pm.
Those that are not planning to attend FDIC 2016 but are still anxious to see the rollover crash test footage are encouraged to register for our email newsletter. You can register for the newsletter here. We will be sending out a special email after FDIC that includes the video, along with additional details about the ambulance crash test and Braun’s SolidBody™ Construction. Those subscribed to the newsletter will see the video before it’s published to our social media and other online properties. In addition, there’s more to come in Summer 2016. Stay tuned to our blog and social media as more crash tests are conducted!