I have an immense amount of respect for NZ EMS, but didn't you once say that the services would not be willing to spend money on CPAP, which is cheaper per unit than that? CPAP is much more likely to be used than direct laryngoscopy. Our base level EMT education does not even cover supraglotic airways (I realize that many programs do however) so sadly I don't think will be coming to most EMT's scope anytime soon.AFAIK most services' in Australasia have moved laryngoscopy for airway obstruction down to base level; honestly it's not hard to do, and the disposable laryngascopes are pretty cheap. It's literally just literally having to look in the larynx for e.g. a big piece of sandwich and hook it out with a pair of forces. For the want of maybe $50 can literally be the difference between life and death.
I can't see a reason not to do it so you blokes might want to follow suit.