About the Creation of the DotyBelt, the Lift Assist Harness
Glen Doty is currently a Captain with a California Fire Department and has been in the fire service for 20 years. During that time he has responded to hundreds of medical calls. Lift assist calls are becoming more common due to the growing population affected by the obesity epidemic in the US.
The idea for the Lift Assist Harness came about when Doty was on an emergency call and his crew needed to lift a woman from the ground to her wheel chair. The crew could not get into a safe position to make the lift and the patient was in danger of being injured. They finally did manage to get her into the wheel chair safely but it was very difficult. Doty realized that there needed to be an easier and safer way to lift patients and the idea of the DotyBelt was born.
Doty spent the last two years and countless hours designing and developing prototypes that could handle patient lifts in many different situations. His goal was to make a belt that was easy-to-use, affordable and durable. The DotyBelt/Lift Assist Harness has been tested to UL standards for lift safety harnesses and the stitching has been tensile tested up to 1700 lbs. Why test so high? He wanted First Responders and Caregivers to know that when they go to lift a patient or a family member they can use the DotyBelt with confidence. His hope is that the Doty Belt/Lift Assist Harness help as many people as possible.