Reviewing some of the reports requiring rescue from waterborne casualties this morning I considered the weight of global supply chain issues in the equation. If we’ve learned anything in the last year it’s to be proactive when it comes to acquiring the tools of the trade. When stock units came up in the MILPRO category we took what we could and once we had those items allotted we ordered for the upcoming shortfalls. We knew many items would be delayed during crucial times for inclement weather operations.
There’s no denying that population centers are experiencing major weather events and there is also no denying that contingency plans have been historically overlooked as frivolous. Who would have thought NYC would see flooding casualties for example? Lessons learned from some smaller townships included a budget this year for rescue tools and personnel training. Some of the more cleaver ways of getting things done was sharing assets and costs to bring the right tool to the area across agencies and local borders. Instead of being victims to global warming or disasters some agencies should be proactive in their approach. Does your county have a plan in place?
The MILPO range of inflatable boats answers the call to action with models suited to swift water and flood water scenarios. Knowing your area of interest or operation is paramount to understanding the nature of the mission rescuers will be undertaking. Tempering expectations down from unreal action movie standards to picking the right boat actually saves your community money and lives. Any frivolity to owning an inflatable boat goes out the window when a family needs help to get to high ground or an elderly person trapped in flood waters needs medical attention. A helo won’t solve every call and weather or obstructions can prohibit their use. Helos cost much more money for a day of operation than acquiring a boat and standing up a response team. There’s no excuse to not having at least one asset for water operations. We sell boats to desert communities because flash floods actually happen and rural communities don’t have help on tap like bigger cities sometimes do.
During this COVID pandemic there were still the regular seasonal casualties and some extraordinary ones too that tested many thousands of people’s resolve. From fire to flooding to crime, everything has increased this last year so why didn’t our planning to do better next year? This is the time, right now, to take control and plan for the next bomb cyclone or Nor’easter before it impacts your community.
In many cases inflatable boats like the Zodiac MILPRO MK4 can be walked thru flood waters with their precious cargo because they draft a handful of inches but allow thousands of pounds of cargo or passengers to be safe inside. With a crew of two people assembly can be achieved in minutes, It took me 15 minutes to build this boat and put it on a cart by myself and I’m a broken down old man.
Sometimes you need a smaller boat like one of the Zodiac MILPRO Grand Raid series outfitted with an outboard. Equal to any task the Grand Raid represents a true work horse that fits within any department’s budget.
Boats like the Zodiac MILPRO ERB series of inflatables offer options for rigid floors, roll up slats, or even high pressure inflatable floors and can utilize a scuba tank for fast inflation when time is of the essence. The ERBs can be carried in a patrol car, SUV, or even a quad. We have agencies that deploy them remotely via helo and deploy on scene making the platform extremely flexible in varied terrain.
Some up and comers are models such as the Zodiac MILPRO RIBA400 that utilize heavy aluminum hulls with provisioned seating, Stokes Stretcher space, and integrated lifting eyes for lifting or helo slinging. I see great things being accomplished with this little known model in the future. Suitable for shipboard launching and complete with a SOLAS rating are but a couple of things that round out to a very nice package.
There is a boat model for every need or condition but until communities stop letting opportunity get in their way there might not be one in their tool box when the need arises. To find out how you can serve your public better give IBC a call and start a conversation. We offer very competitive pricing for agencies and can get an official quote done quickly thereby letting your community rest easy knowing they are being looked out for.
Call IBC today (503)235-2628 and see what assets we can bring to bear for your unique situation.