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September 08, 2017 | Diesel Technology Forum
In any phase of an emergency or disaster - preparing in advance, responding during the event, or recovering afterwards - we must be able to count on proven technologies to get the job done no matter the conditions or circumstances.
September is designated as "National Preparedness Month" by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Homeland Security and the Diesel Technology Forum is working to promote awareness and encouraging individuals to take steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, schools, organizations, businesses, and places of worship.
In any phase of an emergency or disaster - preparing in advance, responding during the event, or recovering afterwards - we must be able to count on proven technologies to get the job done no matter the conditions or circumstances. In communities across America, first responders, emergency planners and elected officials have a full array of capabilities at hand to prepare for, prevent and respond to natural and man-made disasters. Very often, these capabilities depend on clean diesel power to provide fire and rescue services, as well as reliable, immediate and full strength electric power when there is a failure of the primary power supply system, minimizing losses from these events.
Weather events, both large and small, cut off power to hundreds of thousands of people and businesses for days exposing the importance of emergency backup power as part of local, state and federal emergency preparedness, response and recovery. Emergency backup electrical generators can save lives during a crisis. Hospitals, data centers, water and sewage facilities, fueling stations, and communication and transportation systems require continuous power to protect public health and safety.
Diesel-powered generators provide the most reliable form of emergency backup power. Many international building codes and standards effectively require diesel generators for code compliance because of the need for rapid response time, load carrying capacity, fuel supply and availability, and reliability. One of the most important and unique features of diesel-powered generators compared to other technologies is quick response time, able to start and absorb a full electrical load within ten seconds of grid power failure.
Rescue and recovery efforts after natural disasters have demonstrated another vital role of diesel power first-hand. Most Americans are unaware of the important role clean diesel technology has in providing routine and emergency services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Nowhere is it more critical to have the ultimate reliability than in fire and emergency vehicles. Call 911, and odds are that a piece of diesel-powered equipment will respond. Over 98 percent of first responder vehicles, including fire trucks, ambulances National Guard rescue vehicles, and other rescue equipment, are powered by diesel.
In the recovery phase, it is diesel technology that powers the construction machines and equipment to clear debris and rebuild communities. In the aftermath of hurricanes and other natural disasters, diesel-powered equipment immediately goes to work, aiding in rescue operations and clean up processes. Diesel-powered heavy equipment is the first to respond to open roads, restore power and the clean-up of the devastated areas. Diesel's work continues as a partner in the rebuilding efforts.