Safeguard Equipment
Vera Water And Power

Vera Water and Power Field Validates Emergency Response System

Nov. 29, 2022
The Washington utility tested the new COMPASS Pro from Safeguard Equipment.

Safeguard Equipment, which develops personal voltage and current detectors (PVCD), announces a successful try-out of its latest product, the COMPASS Pro emergency response solution with Vera Water and Power in Spokane Valley, Washington. 

 Vera, a publicly-owned not-for-profit utility company, distributes power and water to users throughout Spokane Valley and provides water and electric utility services to its customers in the region. 

 The new COMPASS Pro is a combination of a PVCD with added injury detection capabilities for arc-flash, fall and electric shock, coupled with a proprietary software application (app) that pairs the device to a phone. The device and app also have a general SOS immediate call feature for alerting co-workers whenever a worker in the field needs assistance. When combined, these components create an interconnected workforce specifically designed to enhance and expedite emergency response for situations involving electrical accidents, falls and other injury events. 

Prior to launching the new device, Safeguard Equipment asked Vera to participate in a field test of the COMPASS Pro emergency response solution to find out how well its injury detection and emergency response capabilities would work under field conditions. Vera put the COMPASS Pro through its paces with various tests that simulated real-world situations and was pleased to confirm that it performs as promised.  

“The product is user-friendly and I love the direction it’s going with the app," says Steve Brearley,  electrical general foreman for Vera Water and Power. "If you buy this equipment and save one life, it’s worth all the dollars in the world. The Compass Pro is going to be a valuable tool during a storm, and we look forward to having our crews use it during the year."

Safeguard Equipment’s app expands the utility of the COMPASS Pro PVCD to help not just workers in the utility arena, but in all industries in which the safety of workers can be enhanced by rapid, automated emergency communication.  

“We’re tremendously grateful to Steve and everyone else at Vera Water and Power for helping us field test the COMPASS Pro," says Tim Ledford, CEO of Safeguard Equipment. "Now we are more confident than ever that our product will save lives, and bring workers home to their loved ones, safe and sound.” 

In addition to several field testing opportunities, Safeguard Equipment is currently offering demonstrations of the COMPASS Pro device. Companies can learn more on the Safeguard Equipment web site, or any of its social media accounts via YouTube, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram or Facebook. 

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