MOLINE, Ill. (KWQC) - Moline-based EVAC Systems Fire and Rescue Equipment was featured on Nov. 6’s episode of NBC’s Chicago Fire.
EVAC Systems was featured on the Nov. 6 episode of Chicago Fire.
The company employs about a dozen women and has been around since 1994. The make search and rescue bags for fire departments around the nation.
"I went to a trade show in St. Louis, and talked to firemen about really what they wanted and what they needed,” Laurie McCune, President of EVAC Systems, said about inspiration for creating the products.
The rescue supplies, which include high-quality duffel bags and backpacks, is used by first responders to carry their equipment.
"Rescue has only really been around since the 1960s. That's when most of the rescue hardware was invented. There really wasn't a lot of bags and things to hold anything. So I kind of just went okay, I can do that,” McCune said.
The team said they are excited to show off their products on a national television show like Chicago Fire.
"We were really interested in seeing our stuff being displayed. Thought it would be really neat to see it on TV like that," Nikki Ziegler, the Lead Seamstress at EVAC Systems, said.
When the producers from Chicago Fire reached out to the company, McCune said at first she was hesitant.
"Well at first they called and told me who they were and I was a little hesitant to believe it at first. But they just said we'll pay for you to ship the stuff out to us here in Chicago," McCune said.
Despite the national television appearance, the women said serving the local community means the most.
"We're just happy to be a small woman owned business in the Quad Cities and we're happy to provide services for all the local fire and EMS and rescue personnel in the area as well as the United States," McCune said.
Local departments, including Rock Island, Moline, Davenport, Bettendorf, and Silvis use products from EVAC Systems. They also sell to fire departments across the United States and Canada.
"It's always interesting to see them on scene and see our bags come out,” Ziegler said