Natural disasters often strike without warning and while some may be foreseen, the consequences can be so devastating that immediate action is vital for saving lives and reducing damage to property. First response teams are organisations and groups formed for the purpose of responding to communities within the first few hours after the occurrence of a natural disaster. A first response team typically uses special tools and equipment for emergency situations such as cranes, folding boats, generators and water pumps. Due to the characteristic heavy rainfall brought about by climate change, first response teams need easier access to response craft such as a folding Quickboat on hand in flood-prone areas.

Benefits of Quickboats

Intelligent design: First response teams require sufficient storage space for maintaining tools and equipment for disaster recovery. Ordinary boats take up a lot of space and can increase storage costs for response teams. Measuring 3.3 metres (11 ft.) long, 62 cm (24.5 inches) wide and 10 cm (4 inches) thick when folded, Quickboats folding boats are compact and easy to store when not in use. When folded Quickboats may be stored in purpose built casings and hung on a garage or emergency response groups wall. When needed they can be unfolded and assembled in less than one minute.

Durable: Water and other elements found in flood waters can accelerate the wear and tear of boats. Quickboats are made of composite and Kevlar materials, working together to create a tough, hard to penetrate barrier.

Price: Quickboats innovative design, does not carry a high price tag retailing at $3000-$3500 (ex taxes).

Cost savings: Ordinary boats require a trailer to move from one place to another and can be expensive to obtain. Quickboats, however can be quickly mounted on a car’s roof rack or carried inside larger vehicles, or even attached to the sides of emergency vehicles or small aircraft! There is no need to bear the cost of mooring a folding boat, or buying and maintaining trailer licence fees.

Capacity: Flood waters often carry debris, dirt, and animal waste causing life threatening diseases that require prompt medical attention. The present model Quickboats can seat up to 4 people but is likely to seat more upon the formal release of a rescue version. In the case of an emergency, the Quickboat could comprise of two rescues personnel who are trained in first aid and rescue procedures. With the use of a boat, people can get faster access to emergency items such as food, water and medical supplies in the event that they have been cut off by floods.

Quickboats, operated by appropriately trained emergency personnel, have the versatility to serve various functions in the aftermath of a disaster such as:

– Transportation of people, food and medical supplies
– Moving people (and their pets) to safety
– Searching floodwaters for missing people, particularly in out of the way areas
– Rescuing people trapped by floodwaters and are on top of car roofs, houses and in trees

Thousands of lives are lost and billions in property are damaged annually as a result of natural disasters, particularly heavy floods. First response teams that maintain folding boats or Quickboats in their premises can act quickly and arrive at the scene with supplies, minimising the loss of life.