Carl & Tommie Cannova created a way to combat what they say is one of the most dangerous causes of accidents: rubbernecking. Over the past several years, the Cannovas developed a product originally designed for emergency responders to provide privacy, security and safety after an accident, crime or emergency.
Carl & Tommie developed a system of convertible screens and tripods that sets up in less than five minutes and can be assembled by just one person. The system is easily transported and extremely convenient in matters of urgency. The screen system is durable was originally meant to protect crime scenes, accident sites and evidence for officers, as well as, provide privacy for victims and family members.
Now, SRN, Inc. systems are customizable to fit the needs of the tactical industry for use as portable training houses, HAZMAT/DECON stations, VIP privacy walkways for government officials and the entertainment industry, triage stations for hospitals, airlines, and railroad companies, and multiple other applications for both commercial and residential use. If there is a need, the system can be customized to fit it.
After retiring from his role as the President of Sysco Food Services for the West Coast of Florida, in 2008, Carl and his wife, Tommie, set out to design the SRN 1000. They worked with Sarasota design firm RoBrady to develop a prototype and then perfected it, with help from local law enforcement officials.
“This is a superior product to protect crime scenes,” said Manatee County Sheriff Brad Steube. “The system is durable, easy to travel with and set up and it is a crucial tool to provide privacy for victims and officers at several types of traumatic events,” said Steube.
Cannova explains that coroners and first responders have also purchased the screens to protect identities of victims, especially in sensitive situations. The screens not only protect crime scenes and evidence from contamination, but they also make it more difficult for photographs to be taken and spread around the Internet. One of the most important aspects of the system is the use of surrounding accidents on the roadways in order to combat rubbernecking.
“Many officers I’ve spoken with are grateful to have this system, which replaces their current methods of holding up finicky aluminum poles and tarps, which require people to stand guard,” said Cannova. “That’s a waste of manpower, which could be used helping the accident victims and cleanup. That’s why I wanted to create this system.” The family owned and operated organization is based in Bradenton, Florida. Carl and Tommie’s son Phillip is the vice president of the South East Region.
“He’s been planning this for years,” said Tommie Cannova, CEO of Stop Rubbernecking. “I asked him to just relax and play golf, and he did for about two years. After that finally got old, he decided to start designing the SRN 1000. Now though, I could not be more proud of what our company has been able to do to help victims and their families and prevent rubbernecking,” explains Cannova.
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