Kevin Erickson founded IncidentResources.com in January of 2016 after over 30 years of working for the Forest Service in the wildland fire arena. Kevin was a Hotshot, Smokejumper, Fire equipment Specialist and Fire Contract Operations Specialist during his career. Kevin was a member and the chairman of the Contract Equipment Task Team that was responsible for developing the specifications and standards for all of the competed equipment Agreements that the Forest Service and cooperating Agencies use for wildland fire support.
After thirty years of being involved with the US Forest Service in the Wildland Fire Fighting staff area, Kevin identified several areas that the Agencies are lacking concerning Emergency Support resources.
Incidentresources.com was developed as a site that Agency Dispatch Centers can turn to when they are looking for tactical and support equipment during times of need. The wildfire response Agencies currently have competed agreements that solicit for various equipment based on horsepower, load ratings, size, etc. When new ideas or technological advances are developed, the fire services do not have a National point of contact. Incidentresources is a place to showcase these ideas.
Incidentresources.com is a website that allows people and businesses a forum to list their goods and or services that may be used during response to emergency situations. Businesses may post photos of equipment, videos of tasks being accomplished; Company fundamentals and references from people that have used these resources in the recent past.
The industry of providing Tactical and Logistical equipment to support wildland fire operations is rapidly growing. Gross receipts to private individuals and companies that offered resources during the fire season of 2015 for ground based equipment was in excess of 200 million dollars.
In 1998, the contractor workforce on large fires was approximately 20 percent. In 2016, with the exception of certain geographical areas; contractors now make up over 50 percent of the large fire workforce.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is currently the Agency that has management responsibility during large man-made and Natural disasters. FEMA has a “Contractor Debris Registry” for potential contractors to list the equipment that they have available to support these types of operations. During these events, the government normally contracts with large companies to get this work done because it is the easiest way to get the job started. These large contractor companies normally hire many subcontractors to perform work and will turn to the local phonebook to find these resources. Your chance of being found in the Yellowpages is a crapshoot at best. Normally, businesses are listed alphabetically and if your business name doesn’t start with one of the early letters or your business doesn’t have a full page add, you will not be found.
Wildland fires will happen every summer. Major hurricanes seem to happen every few years. Floods, wind events, mudslides and blizzards are a yearly occurrence. Earthquakes are a very real threat. Disasters happen.
Be found! List with Incident Resources!