The basis of the Community Resource Plan is to establish contacts, identify procedures and initiate agreements with local, jurisdictional, regional and/or state and national entities for the procurement of identified resource needs. Through careful and thorough research and preplanning, a useful database can be developed that includes established procurement procedures and memorandum of agreement.
Functional Support Areas
There are four basic functional areas that can be generally associated with the categories of resource planning for collapse rescue response. These include but are not limited to:
- Technical Support
The broad range from which these four functional areas can be expanded to provide the framework for developing the categories of resources that potentially could be called upon by the incident commander in the event of incident logistical demands. Since the basis of the community resource plan and resource directory are established and defined by the identification of internal agency/department limitations or deficiencies, they are also directly related to the degree of risk potential that the community and jurisdiction is susceptible to.
The relationship of current operational capabilities coupled with the influence of existing mutual-aid agreements and assignments will provide a measurement by which the parameters of the community risk profile and analysis can be factored in order to determine the existing limitations and deficiencies. This juncture provides the steppingstone from which the research and development of a database of external resources can be undertaken.
Typically, the development of a community resource plan will entail selective focus upon two of the four functional area categories. These traditionally identify resource allocation needs for equipment and supplies. Although broad based in scope, the equipment category will also provide identifiable manpower resource that would ultimately be factored into the resource database, plan and directory.
The ability to project incident needs associated with collapse-rescue response, again related to site specific or region-wide disaster collapse responses will be determined by the degree of awareness, knowledge and experience the staff personnel assigned to the task of identification and compilation have in the projected incident risk factor areas. Networking with other departments and agencies that have encountered similar identified incident responses can provide a wealth of information and guidance in the actual resource requirements that may have been called for or utilized.
The scope and extent of specific line items that can be researched from within the four functional categories, can run the gamut of topic areas and potential contact points. The following listing can provide an overview of selective line items that could be developed into such a database. These listings are non-inclusive but do represent the major sub-classifications that have applicability to collapse-rescue incident resource requirements.
- Construction Equipment and Supply Firms
- Hydraulic; Pneumatic; Mechanic Jack Vendors
- Air Tools Suppliers
- Compressors Firms
- Generators Vendors
- Scaffolding Companies
- Shoring Supply Vendors
- Aerial Lifts Companies
- Sawing & Cutting Equipment
- Light & Heavy Equipment Firms
- Backhoe Supplies
- Bulldozer Companies
- Excavator Firms
- Fork Lift Companies
- Conveyors & Material Handlers
- Loaders; Trenchers; Skid-Steer Loaders
- Cranes; Rigging/Erection Firms
- Flood Lighting & Search Lights
- Temporary Lighting Vendors
- Fire Equipment & Supply Firms
- Public Works Agencies
- Concrete Construction Form Suppliers
- Concrete Cutting, Breaking & Sawing Firms
- Welding Supply Companies
- Television & Communication Equipment Supply Companies
- Ham Radio Operators Groups
- Cellular Phone Companies
- Computer Equipment Supply & Rental Companies
- Office Equipment Suppliers
- Portable Pump Vendors
- Hydraulic Tool Distributors
- Radio Communication & Equipment Suppliers
- Tent Suppliers & Distributors