“One of the most visible consequences of a warming world is an increase in the intensity and frequency of extreme weather events,” reports the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, adding, “The National Climate Assessment (2018) finds that the number of heat waves, heavy downpours and major hurricanes has increased in the United States, and the strength of these events has increased, too.”
Such extreme weather events (e.g., tornados, tropical systems, heavy snows) can challenge even the most prepared and best-equipped emergency managers and their organizations.
In this article we’ll look at some technology and tools that can aid you and your organization in being better prepared and equipped for extreme weather events. For each technology or tool, I’ve identified where it can be used to make one or more of the sections in the incident commander’s general staff safer, more efficient and more effective.
Emergency managers must ensure that the software they choose can be used, not just across the public safety agencies in their community, but also across as many non-public safety organizations as possible (e.g., hospitals, schools, public works, military civil support teams).READ MORE
It’s already been a rough start to 2019 along the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers in places like Nebraska and Iowa, where lots of “bomb cyclone” snow and rain has led to record flooding, but the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts that things are going to get worse and more widespread as spring continues.
“The extensive flooding we’ve seen in the past two weeks will continue through May and become more dire and may be exacerbated in the coming weeks as the water flows downstream,” said Ed Clark, director of NOAA’s National Water Center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. “This is shaping up to be a potentially unprecedented flood season, with more than 200 million people at risk for flooding in their communities.”
NOAA says there is an elevated risk of flooding in the coming weeks for two-thirds of the states, with 25 likely to see moderate or major flooding. The agency defines both terms as involving some level of inundation of roads and structures and requiring evacuations. Major flooding simply means more extensive inundation and evacuations than at the moderate level.READ MORE
Join Fire Line Equipment and Keystone Emergency Vehicles at the Lancaster County Firemen’s Expo held at the Harrisburg Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, PA (directions). We will be working three different booth spaces this year that are all located in the main hall.
In addition to the Fire Line Equipment booth (410-411) that will be displaying the all new Acela High Water Flood Rescue Truck (HWFRT), we will also be working the E-ONE Fire Apparatus booth (376-379, 412-413) and our new ambulance division booth; Keystone Emergency Vehicles (402-405)
“We are very excited for this years Fire Expo. The E-ONE booth has moved to the main hall which is the newest part of the Harrisburg Farm Show Complex. Our dealership covers Central Pennsylvania for E-ONE, so this is essentially our show to coordinate the trucks for display and the booth layout. As luck would have it, We managed to gain additional space right next to the E-ONE booth for our own display that will showcase everything that Fire Line Equipment has to offer” said Mike Jamision, Sales Manager Fire Line Equipment.
Fire Line Equipment recently announced the addition of a new ambulance division that will sell and service Wheeled Coach and Frontline Ambulances. As announced, The base of the operations will be moved from the current Dover, PA office to the Fire Line Equipment Sales and Service Facility located at 307 Twin Springs Court, New Holland, PA. Construction of a new facility was completed in the fall of 2018. The new facility includes 12 service bays, parts warehouse and sales offices.
Keystone Emergency Vehicles will be serving the following counties in Pennsylvania: Adams, Berks, Bradford, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Clinton, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Franklin, Fulton, Juniata, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, Mifflin, Monroe, Montgomery, Montour, Northampton, Northumberland, Perry, Philadelphia, Pike, Potter, Schuylkill, Snyder, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Union, Wayne, Wyoming And York.
Keystone Emergency Vehicles takes great pride in serving our customers and will work hard to help you design a high quality, custom ambulance that meets your needs and your budget. After the sale, we offer on-site service to reduce downtime and keep your emergency vehicle up and running at its best.
With up to 31,100 lbs. of off-road payload capacity, ACELA’s 4×4 and 6×6 Monterra is the most capable, versatile and reliable wheeled vehicle solution available on the market today, designed speciﬁcally to dramatically improve operational capabilities productivity. Acela Truck Company, manufacturer of North America’s most capable trucks, now offers purpose-built High Water/Flood Rescue Trucks in both 4×4 and 6×6 variations of it’s Monterra™ line of truck chassis. With 47-inch tires, 23-inches of ground clearance, waterproof starter, waterproof alternator and a proprietary 50-inch water fording capability, there is no other modern truck platform that can compete when it comes to reliable and safe operations in ﬂood waters. Available models and customizable conﬁgurations can safely transport up to 27 seated passengers (incl. driver) with ample room and payload for pets, personal property and rescue gear.
Monterra ﬂood rescue trucks can be used for virtually any disaster response such as tornadoes, hurricanes, blizzards, and earthquakes, easily traveling over or through large debris, sand and mud or double as brush/wildland ﬁre engines, Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) support vehicles, cargo haulers and SAR/SWAT team troop carriers, in any rural or urban environment. Monterras come standard with a bumper to bumper parts and labor warranty.
When fully-loaded, the Monterra boasts a whopping 8-inches more ground clearance than any other truck in its class, providing access to areas other trucks can’t operate.
With all Monterra parts commercially available, ACELA’s after-sales support is second to none.
Full-Time All-Wheel Drive
330HP Caterpillar 7.2L
Turbo-Charged Diesel Engine
Allison Automatic 7-Speed Transmission Top Speed up to 74 MPH (119 km/h)
Multiple 4×4 and 6×6 Variants
with 90% Parts Commonality
U.S. Army “Ultra-Reliable” Certification 22″ Ground Clearance
Central Tire Inflation System (CTIS)
BELGRADE, MT AND NEW HOLLAND, PA—Acela Truck Company and Fire Line Equipment recently announced a strategic partnership to distribute Acela Monterra extreme-duty, high water/flood recue trucks. The two companies are partnering to offer capable high water flood rescue trucks and wildland fire trucks, expanding Acela Truck Company’s growing distribution footprint and Fire Line Equipment’s growing product offerings.
“Fire Line Equipment is excited to add the Acela Monterra line of high-water flood rescue trucks to our product offerings”, says Ron Fink, Fire Line Equipment Partner. “With flooding events becoming almost commonplace, Fire Line Equipment has recognized an increasing demand for more purpose-built flood rescue trucks. After an exhaustive search, we found the Acela Monterra to be the best solution in the market today. Our customers demand modern, comfortable, safe and purpose-built solutions. Most are tired of repurposing and maintaining old and unreliable surplus military trucks. The Acela Monterra, with its 46-inch tires, all-wheel-drive, 50-inch water fording capability and central tire inflation system has proven to be the perfect solution for flood rescue response and can easily serve double-duty as a wildland/brush truck outside of flood/hurricane season.”