How To Choose The Right Shelters For Your Fire Department’s Needs

How To Choose The Right Shelters For Your Fire Department’s Needs

Choosing the right shelters for your fire department's needs is a crucial decision that can impact the safety and efficiency of your operations. Whether it's providing temporary relief during emergencies or establishing a base camp for extended deployment periods, having the appropriate shelter that suits your specific needs can make all the difference.

Trying to narrow down a shelter that is the most suitable for your needs? Here are five essential steps to help you navigate this process and find the perfect shelter for your needs.

1. Identify Your Needs and Budget

Before diving into the many different shelter options available, the first step should be to take the time to assess your specific requirements and financial constraints. Depending on your needs and the intended purpose of the shelter, your options may vary greatly.

Type of Shelter: Determine whether an inflatable or rigid frame (exoskeleton frame) shelter suits your needs best. A rigid frame shelter is more robust and modular than an inflatable shelter.

Duration of Use: Will the shelter be utilized for short-term emergencies or long-term deployments? This then impacts the durability of your shelter. The good news is that all our shelters are built to be sturdy and reliable, ensuring a long life span.

Capacity: Estimate the number of individuals the shelter needs to accommodate. The more people you need to accommodate, the larger the shelter will need to be. Some of our shelters are also interconnectable to be able to join other shelters and accommodate a larger group.

Budget: Lastly, a clear budget is needed to guide your decision-making process financially.

2. Consider the Environment

The environment in which the shelter will be deployed plays a significant role in its effectiveness. The shelter will need to be able to handle the external environment and the severity of any weather conditions of the environment the tent will be in. Your fire department’s rapid deployment shelters must be able to withstand any weather conditions and maintain structural integrity and full sheltering capabilities while doing so. Depending on the

Climate Conditions: Will the shelter be used in hot, cold, wet, or dry conditions? The shelter will need to handle the weather, if it will be subject to extreme temperatures, high winds, or heavy rain.

Load Requirements: In harsher weather conditions, you should also assess any specific wind or snow load requirements to ensure the shelter's stability during these adverse weather conditions.

LANCO's shelters are constructed from durable materials capable of withstanding harsh weather conditions, providing reliable protection for your fire department in any environment. For example, our exoskeleton frame shelters can withstand high winds of up to 75 mph and snow loads of 10 lbs/ft2.

3. Evaluate the Features

Once you've outlined your needs and considered environmental factors, delve into the features offered by our different shelter options.

Size and Construction: Assess the dimensions and structural integrity of the shelter to ensure it meets your spatial requirements and durability standards.

Ease of Deployment: Depending on your needs, think about how easy the shelters need to be to set up and dismantle, as efficiency during emergencies is paramount. Our inflatable shelters can be set up quickly by 1-3 people, while our exoskeleton shelters can be deployed by 2-5 people in less than 12 minutes.

Weather Conditions: If the shelter will be set up in adverse weather conditions, it will also need to be constructed to handle these conditions, such as being fire-resistant, UV-resistant, or wind-resistant. In high-risk environments, such as wildfire response, fire-resistant or flame-retardant materials should be used to ensure the safety of personnel and equipment. UV-resistant shelters should be made from UV-resistant fabrics or coatings that protect against sun damage. Shelters that are made to withstand high wind speeds should come with reinforced frames and anchoring systems to maintain stability.

All LANCO shelters not only boast a compact design and straightforward setup process, enabling rapid deployment with minimal personnel involvement but also are built to handle adverse weather conditions. Additionally, with many different shelter sizes, you are guaranteed to find a shelter that offers ample space and can then be fitted with custom features. The shelters can be customized with various features such as ventilation, insulation, and lighting for enhanced comfort and functionality.

4. Consider Ease of Maintenance

A shelter that is difficult to maintain can quickly deteriorate, becoming a safety hazard for firefighters.

Cleaning and Disinfection: Choose shelters with materials that are easy to clean and disinfect, reducing the risk of contamination.

Repair Accessibility: Ensure that should there be any damages, repairs can be conducted swiftly and conveniently, either on-site or through readily available resources.

LANCO shelters are easy to clean with just regular soap and water, being manufactured from materials that can withstand the elements. They also come equipped with a repair kit for quick fixes in the field, ensuring operational readiness at all times.

5. Evaluate Storage and Transportation Requirements

Finally, assess the storage and transportation capabilities of the shelter to facilitate logistical efficiency.

Compact Design: Opt for shelters with a compact footprint for easy storage and transportation when not in use. The materials of the shelter should also be lightweight yet durable to facilitate transportation in fire trucks or other vehicles.

LANCO offers a range of lightweight tents suitable for short-term usage, as well as more robust options for extended deployments. With compact packaging and tool-free setup, they can be swiftly transported and deployed to various locations as needed.

All in all, by leveraging LANCO's expertise and comprehensive product offerings, you can ensure that your firefighters have access to reliable and efficient shelter solutions for their missions, enhancing both safety and operational effectiveness. Discover our selection of rapid deployment shelters for fire departments and learn more about how LANCO tents can contribute to your operational success.