Wildfire Response Services and Emergency Preparedness

February 13, 2024

Wildfire Response Services

Wildfire response services and emergency preparedness should be at the forefront of concerns for many public and private entities. The summer of 2023 saw New York City blanketed in ash and smoke from Canadian wildfires, disrupting public transportation, healthcare networks, and harming continuity across the city. As climate change continues to worsen, employers should be considering the impacts of wildfires on their private business along with risks to workforces. Risk management and emergency preparedness from AFIMAC examines the effects of weather and its negative impacts on business, along with what resources can be called upon in the event your workforce simply can’t make it to the job site.

The state of New York showed just how vulnerable the city is to unpredictable weather events. More recently, Texas faced incredibly difficult wildfires.

Shutdowns of productivity can happen with little notice, and the resulting impacts of wildfire smoke can bear a strong resemblance to natural disasters such as floods and hurricanes. During these times, employers will need to respond to weather-related risks, considering offerings that support your workforce and ensure ongoing continuity in times of need. 

Wildfire response services shown via a forest fire in Calfironia.

Wildfire Response Services: Health Risks to Your Workforce

Air pollution and wildfires present concerns for both private property and human life. People who work outdoors, have respiratory issues, or smoke tobacco are at increased risk of becoming ill in the event wildfire smoke makes its way into the community. Outdoor workforces require personal protective gear to ensure their safety, or otherwise risk falling ill and not being able to complete their work.

The compounds from smoke often linger for several days after a wildfire, finding their way inside homes and workplaces, first landing on people’s clothing, then finding their way indoors. These toxic compounds can remain inside for days, making your workforce sick despite smoke dissipating from the local area. Even job sites with high-tech ventilation systems may not successfully eradicate wildfire smoke and, instead, call for a deep cleaning of all physical surfaces to remove such compounds. Without any response plan in place, employers can be held responsible in the event their workforce becomes sick from the inhalation of wildfire smoke.

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Duty of Care for Employers in North America

Employers will need to take reasonable steps to protect their workforce from the harms of wildfire smoke, especially when staff work outdoors. Construction, natural resources, and municipal workers are often tasked with outdoor work, exposing them to the elements, including wildfire smoke, heat, and exhaustion. The same applies to workforces in traditional office buildings, as wildfire smoke can still impact these employees during their commute or upon arrival to the job site. 

What Does AFIMAC Emergency Response Look Like?

AFIMAC emergency response specialists will provide tailor-made guidance and proposals for your organization’s needs, beginning by conducting risk mitigation planning at your job site(s). Consider risks to the workforce, flow of traffic concerns, required security personnel, and insurance documentation needs alongside AFIMAC, who have specialized in these matters for decades.

Many members of our workforce have extensive experience and skill sets in risk mitigation from working in the US military, capable of assessing risks that are frequently overlooked by employers.

AFIMAC maintains fleets of mobile assets and equipment solutions, including vehicles, trailers, power generators, mobile kitchens, showers, and security resources, deployable anywhere in North America. We can procure PPE, set up entire basecamps to support your business, and conduct health screenings of large workforces. Further, AFIMAC can provide business continuity support in the form of contingent and temporary workers, supplementing your workforce when they have fallen ill or simply can’t make it to the job site.

Wildfire Response with AFIMAC Global

Proud to serve endless well-known brands and institutions that work alongside and serve the public, your partnership with AFIMAC demonstrates an employer’s commitment to providing safe job sites for your staff. Tap into endless natural disaster emergency response services, while AFIMAC transports them to wherever they need to be.

Whatever your needs may be, we are confident of being able to procure safety and medical equipment that can keep your workforce safe.

AFIMAC partnerships are especially valuable to industries that simply have no other option to shut down during a wildfire, including public transportation, healthcare, manufacturing, law enforcement, gasoline, and so much more. Our clients often only experience financial costs when a weather-related event calls for AFIMAC response and support services. 

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