During that time, Doug has participated in numerous tactical classes and schools and recognized that virtually every training program dedicated a portion of the training time to safely, efficiently, and effectively evacuating injured operators. He quickly realized there wasn't a practical, fast, and effective way to accomplish this task. This was tragically magnified by the death of his close friend, Sgt. Eric Stein, of the Keokuk County Sheriff's Office. Sgt. Stein was shot and killed in the line of duty and in the hours following his death, his body laid in the grass where he fell. This renewed his drive to find a solution to the problem of efficiently getting operators out of a bad situation. The EVAC-STRAPTM is the result.
Kirk Bailey has been in law enforcement for 22 years. He has worked as a police officer, deputy sheriff, and S.W.A.T. team member. His professional endorsements include: S.W.A.T. Commander II- N.T.O.A.; Team Leader- Fulcrum; ASP Instructor-I.L.E.A.; High Risk Event Planning-M.C.T.C., Domestic Violence Investigation-National Sheriffs’ Assoc., Chemical Munitions Instructor - I.L.E.A., RADAR/Lidar Instructor – Northwestern University/ I.L.E.A., Advanced Hostage Rescue – Paul Howe C.S.A.T., and Batterers’ Education Program-facilitator. Involved with a number of community service agencies, Kirk is proud to be a founding member of the DAART-NET board.
Doug Conrad has been a police officer for 25 years. He has performed a number of roles, including: Routine Patrol, Traffic, General Crime Investigator, Sex Crimes Investigator, Level II Investigator for the School, DARE Officer, ALICE Instructor, Domestic Abuse Response Team Member, and Sex Abuse Response Team Member. He is an NTOA Certified Active Shooter Instructor and has served as a County Critical Response Team Member (CRT) for five years, County Special Response Team Member (SRT) for 13 years, and County Reserve Deputy for three years.