At the Ready exists to give a voice to emergency first responders far from the big-city spotlight. When a natural or human-caused disaster strikes a person or community, whether fire, crime, medical emergency, or weather event, you are the difference between life and death, security and damage. For many nations, small to mid-sized and rural departments represent the majority of first responder organizations, comprising 80% of the active departments in the United States alone. You deserve to be heard and to exchange ideas on a greater level. Your unique approaches to overcoming challenges may benefit an agency on the other side of the country, or world, facing the same concerns. Yet your efforts and service often are overlooked (not to mention underfunded) compared to large metropolitan departments.
First responders face challenges in certification, continuing education requirements and training, keeping equipment current, and keeping themselves safe. In the small to mid-size agency, you may be an hour or more from mutual aid, and you may have to wait on scene for specialized teams that are located in larger cities. Your training budget may be practically non-existent, and the equipment budget? It may buy a tire or two, but batteries? Sorry, maybe next fiscal year. That’s where At the Ready can support you. Collaboration between departments brings together your experience and your creativity. At the Ready can get the word out.
What are your problems, solutions, successes and frustrations? What innovations can you share? What programs have you initiated or improved? What collaborations have been fruitful? Your stories can become part of the larger story.