New Stronghold bomb proof anchor makes line rescue safer

Published:  16 June, 2014

The new Stronghold Mobile Anchor Point and Barrier System was invented by London firefighter, Daniel Cheddie, who has teamed up with Capital Safety and the Youngman Group. 

The aim of the Stronghold is to provide an instant safe and secure dedicated anchor point, to maximise safety for crews, other emergency service personnel and the public when working at height during line rescue from a window, lift or other vertical opening.

From the housed carry position to full setup in under five minutes the Stronghold instantly provides a highly visible barrier around the opening, preventing necessary crews in the vicinity from getting close enough to the opening to fall.
The Stronghold is free standing and does not require any fixing to the walls or floor. Therefore unlike fitting anchor bolts no drilling, curing time or pull tests are required, saving valuable time at an incident.

Two horizontal life lines are connected to the Stronghold in seconds, providing the harness attachment point for two crew members, protecting them both in either a fall restraint, fall arrest or work positioning mode. The Stronghold also has separate anchor points to attach tools or other equipment to via load straps and lanyards.

Years of research, development and prototyping have led to a lightweight and extremely strong design. Rigorous testing has been conducted and certification given to enable two users to attach to the Stronghold simultaneously.

Standard tests for Britain/Europe, Australia, Canada and the US have been achieved.
During these demanding tests the Stronghold was required to support 1.9T (roughly the weight of 23 men or an estate car) and did so without any signs of permanent deformity.
Storing, transporting and setting up the Stronghold is simple and can be done by a single crew member in under five minutes. The two side units are unfolded and positioned against the walls around the opening, the two horizontal connectors are clamped into position and the life line is connected, no tools are required. After use the Stronghold can be folded away in seconds, down to approximately 1300mm x 150mm x 300mm weighing little over 13Kg per side unit

Manufactured in strong, lightweight aluminium the Stronghold weighs little over 30Kg (between the four easy-to-carry components with the two main ones weighing around 13Kg each). 

The Stronghold is adjustable from 900mm to 1900mm in depth from the wall to allow storage of tools and equipment inside the Stronghold work area and to work over immovable objects such as kitchen work tops. It is also adjustable from 1300mm to over 2000mm in height from the floor level to enclose openings fully, and to 3700mm in width to enclose two lifts or window openings simultaneously. Apart from providing safety to crews around windows and lift shafts the Stronghold also maximises safety when crews are working on roofs that do not have edge protection. Setting up the Stronghold around an adjacent window opening instantly provides the protection the crews requires.

The Stronghold is manufactured from the highest quality materials, solely in the UK by Youngman Group, an ISO: 9001 company. Our quality, technical assistance, training options and after sales service compliment the unbeatable standards of the Stronghold.
The Stronghold will be available in 44 countries around the world through a long established distributor network.

  • Operation Florian

Sign up: eMagazine & eNewsletter

The latest issues in your inbox.

Company Profiles

Waterax - We move water

Trusted by wildland firefighters around the world, WATERAX sets the industry standard by developing innovative, portable fire pumps and water-handling equipment designed to withstand demanding applications and rugged environments.

Big Water Flow for Industrial and Municipal Firefighting Applications

Protecting the lives of the public and firefighters while limiting the structural damage caused in large scale fires is our primary mission

We are committed to improving lives and doing business in the right way

We have a unique mix of capability and culture that we refer to as 3M Science and we strive to develop products that improve people’s daily lives in a multitude of ways.

HazSim - Bringing situational HazMat training to life

HazSim, LLC provides innovative simulation training to ensure your team works safely and effectively. HazSim Pro simulation equipment is in use by hundreds of fire departments, training schools, industrial fire teams, and private trainers across the US, Canada and further afield as well as the US Army.

The ultimate in innovation, quality and service

For 60 years Lehavot has been delivering the world’s most advanced fire detection and suppression automatic systems

Advancing rescue technology

The specialist supplier of quality PPE and Rescue Equipment to Emergency Services.

Revolutionizing fire fighting foam technology

The one-stop resource for fire fighting foam concentrates and custom-designed foam suppression systems hardware.

Trust the best, let us be your foam solution

AUXQUIMIA is a Spanish company whose main activity is the design, manufacture and commercialization of firefighting foam concentrates.

Williams Fire & Hazard Control offers a full line of specialized fire response equipment for oil and gas platforms

From storage tanks and pipeline emergencies to offshore platforms and vessels at sea, Williams' response personnel and specialized equipment quickly address adverse fire emergencies.

Foam fights fire

Europe’s foremost fire fighting foam manufacturer has been developing and producing foams since the 1920s.

The leader in truck-mounted hydraulic platforms

Our mission is to provide the best and the safest solution to professionals that work at height.

If you want quality, you want Zico

Since its inception Ziamatic Corp has provided the men and women of the fire service with products designed to make their jobs safer and easier.

The independent alternative

Dafo Fomtec AB is a privately owned company with head office in Stockholm Sweden and manufacturing in Helsingborg in the south of Sweden.