Eric Allen: Co-Founder / Inventor
Eric Allen is a 24-year veteran of the Philadelphia Fire Department, with 14 years of experience with a special operations unit. In his many years as a firefighter, he repeatedly saw firsthand the urgency of downed firefighters in confined spaces, and the dangers faced when their evacuations took too long to complete. He and his fellow firefighters have been witness to the painful losses of other firefighters far too often, for this very reason. He knew there had to be a better way. Something had to be done.
He thought about different approaches to the problem and realized there was a simple solution that combines emergency evacuation with technical rope rescue. In 2015, after much research and testing, Eric developed the FAST Board, a rescue board that is a complete rapid intervention system, and a decidedly far superior way of accomplishing confined space evacuations. His concept gave, and continues to give rapid intervention teams a tool that makes evacuations from confined spaces fast, safe and a lot more manageable.
In September, 2015, Eric teamed up with long-time friend and entrepreneur, Sam Cohen, and FAST Rescue Solutions was born.
Sam Cohen: Co-Founder / CEO
Sam Cohen co-founded FAST Rescue Solutions, LLC with longtime friend and Special Operations Fire Fighter, Eric Allen, in September 2015. As the current Chief Executive Officer, Sam spearheads the sales effort for this innovative organization focused on saving lives. The FAST Board, the flagship product in the company’s arsenal, embodies the next evolution in rescue equipment though an integrated approach to emergency evacuation.
Sam graduated from Drexel University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Prior to his involvement with FAST Rescue Solutions, Sam developed a successful career with a Fortune 700 Company, whose primary focus is to provide comprehensive financial services to labor union members. During his tenure, Sam held multiple roles with increasing levels of responsibility, including General Manager and Vice President of Sales. Sam has a proven track record for exceeding sales targets, developing new talent and providing motivational leadership in a team environment.
As an avid reader and in his free time, Sam searches for new material to satisfy his craving for knowledge. He also enjoys the fine art of whiskey-making and of course, tasting the end-product.