Buying new equipment for your rescue team is a huge undertaking. You invest a lot of time and effort in planning, researching, and negotiating with rescue equipment manufacturers to make sure they get the right equipment for your needs.
Here are tips to help you make the right decision.
1. Determine whether the equipment is really necessary
Are you about to buy a toy, or does the department really need this particular equipment? Search and rescue UTVs would be reasonable purchases for any rescue team, for instance. An expensive drone, on the other hand, can wait for the time being if the department is working on a really limited budget.
2. Ensure that you are getting value for your money
Most rescue equipment doesn’t come that cheap, so you want to make sure that you are getting the most out of your money. A good way to do that is to buy most of your equipment in kits instead of individually. That’s because kits tend to cost less but are more than adequately suited for the need.
3. Determine whether you’ll need training
If you are getting the latest equipment, it’s important to assess the whether you’re going to need to train your personnel, and how often. Thus, you can plan on the resources you’re going to invest in training so that you can optimize the new equipment.
4. Find out the maintenance requirements
Ideally, you want to invest in equipment that does not require too much maintenance. It’s still important to realize that most equipment will require a certain amount of maintenance to function efficiently, so plan for that too as you go shopping.
Finding the right equipment for the job can go a long way in ensuring that your search and rescue operations go smoothly. It is something you can easily pull off, with adequate planning and research.