In 2019, six hurricanes made landfall along the Atlantic coast. More than 1,500 tornadoes were reported in the same year including 70 in one day across Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina. Flooding, snowstorms, forest fires, and other debilitating natural disasters occur every year in North America causing billions of dollars in damage to property and infrastructure and scores of injuries and fatalities.
What every natural disaster has in common is this: emergency response times are hampered by the devastation left behind.
Ambulances have trouble getting through debris-littered streets. Utility companies struggle to get equipment to the source of an outage. And when the power is out, you can be assured a downed line or broken pole is miles from the nearest access point, and usually across swamps or bogs, rock shields, or steep terrain.
Responding to an emergency requires all the resources at your disposal – fire engines, bucket lifts, ATVs, and even helicopters, for example. But when there’s a problem way off the beaten path, is your emergency response fleet capable of getting there quickly?
Odds are that you’ll make it happen, come hellfire or high water. It could take days or weeks to get to the source of the issue, and that’s valuable time you can’t waste.
How a SHERP Can Help
No emergency response fleet is complete without an all-terrain vehicle that’s truly ALL terrain. Side-by- sides are limited to solid ground, even when equipped with a set of tracks rather than wheels. A boat – well, that only helps when the water is consistently deep enough for the hull and prop to stay in the water. A helicopter can transport crew, but only when the conditions permit it and only when there’s a clearing safe enough to land.
SHERP Gets You There
Unlike other all-terrain vehicles, SHERP isn’t limited by what the ground looks like. Foothills littered with boulders or swampy, waterlogged backcountry – the SHERP gets through it like a hot knife through butter. Its massive ultra-low-pressure tires find grip in the most unlikely places. Even in emergency situations where access is more important than wilderness preservation, its balloon-like tires prevent any arduous cleanup or restoration afterward. And through deeper water, the SHERP is watertight, buoyant, and can travel at speeds up to 6km/h.
Imagine flying a hydro crew into the remote countryside to repair a line. Bringing enough gear along to get the job done is a stretch on the payload, let alone carrying enough fuel for a round trip. Even through the air – the most direct way to get there – the travel range is limited. Not so for a SHERP. With an extremely efficient and reliable Kubota diesel engine and just over 75 gallons of combined fuel capacity, a SHERP can sustain itself for up to 82 hours of travel.
With a SHERP, configuration options are limitless. A firefighting crew can carry 2,200 pounds of shovels, fire suppressants, and protective gear. A search-and-rescue team can equip the SHERP with a stretcher, medical supplies, and rappelling ropes and harnesses.
Inside the SHERP, the rear area can be quickly converted into sleeping quarters with sling-style hammocks and a WEBASTO heater. Covered and self-contained, the SHERP can be customized for an emergency response vehicle for any industry.
Before you get the call, prepare your fleet for any emergency or relief response. Contact us, we will help you to boost your fleet’s capabilities.