Donations – An Essential Guide, Part three

Donations could cause unintended strain
Donations of Emergency Services equipment to the Global South come from every kind of sources and comprise a wide selection of brands of equipment. Donating entities gather whatever they can and bundle items into shipments that ideally match the wants of the recipient. But the considerably haphazard donations course of can find yourself creating added strain on the Global South recipient departments. After all, it’s exhausting enough sustaining a standardized stock of kit. But think about now having a combination of tools, every with slightly different characteristics and attributes – gear, instruments and automobiles with totally different manuals if you have them, different spare parts when you need them, specialist technical assist if by some means you could get access to it regionally, and often instructions that aren’t within the native language of recipient firefighters.
Moreover, I even have seen donated gear arrive in recipient nations that’s clearly marked as out of service (OOS), unserviceable (U/S), unrepairable, failed and even ‘unsafe–do not use’. Also frequent is broken or incomplete tools; PPE that’s torn, still dirty with blood, or with out thermal liners; cracked helmets with no face shields or internal shell; SCBA masks with no harnesses or exhalation valves; seized pumps; and, the commonest of all, punctured hearth hose.
Donations typically come with written disclaimers from some Global North organizations, absolving them from any guarantee, guarantee and duty for accident, damage or mechanical failure after supply. But legal legal responsibility is hardly the most important concern of a recipient division trying to defend its personnel. Clear fit-for-duty conditions ought to always be met by a donation to make sure it serves its supposed objective.
Lastly, many donors anticipate the host nation or recipient department to cover some costs – transport, import duties and flights for volunteers providing training and attending the handover. And while there are good arguments for cost-sharing (including that it encourages accountability on the part of the recipient), these prices can be substantial for recipients who in lots of circumstances can’t afford fundamental, new assets. These prices put significant pressure on the recipient departments and may end up in donations being stuck in warehouses for months or years while recipients wait for someone to pay taxes and costs to get the tools ‘released’ to be used.
Are we encouraging risk?
I have seen many forms of tools that require regular, specialist care and statutory control which have arrived within the hands of abroad personnel having failed or exceeded the permissible requirements expected within the nation of origin. Used ladders, hoses, pumps, chemical protection suits, medical provides, radiation and gas-monitoring units, lines, lifejackets, vertical rescue gear, etc. all cascade their way down to countries where they are used and trusted by these with much less regulatory protection. Firefighters in the Global South are not any less brave than their counterparts in richer countries. The gear they use must still be safe.
It concerns me – and I truly have seen this in the area – that some kinds of sophisticated donated gear often encourage firefighters to sort out emergencies that they have no coaching or capacity to handle. In many cases, they expose themselves to far larger danger, as they have neither the expertise nor the training opportunities that Global North responders have.
Responders in emerging markets don’t have the posh of calling the local power or gas firm to isolate the provision to a property earlier than they enter. They might face saved home gas bottles, unauthorized electrical energy connections, unlawful constructing requirements, and other hazards that make their operations especially precarious. But armed with their newly donated tools, they often assume that they’re better protected to enter these risks than before, when they had nothing.
Ask yourself should you would honestly be okay with utilizing donated equipment that has failed certification or passed its usable date in your individual daily emergencies, not to mention under these circumstances?
Some donor businesses that send their personnel to give short-term, primary coaching issue their very own ‘certificates of attendance and/or competence’. But attendance just isn’t the same as mastery. A firefighter receiving a donation is unlikely to ask if the overseas professional is really qualified to show them about a particular piece of equipment. Unless certifications are endorsed or acknowledged by a genuine standards company within the host country and the instructors have current qualifications and authorized authority to problem them outside their very own country, the practice is questionable.
In many ways, skilled steerage is much more necessary than the donated tools itself. If we wish to stop donation-driven danger taking by Global South first responders, we have to not only donate tools that’s match for responsibility but also support our donations with qualified people on the bottom, working hand in hand with the native personnel for an appropriate period of time to accurately information and certify customers in operations and maintenance.
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Finally, donations don’t routinely remedy the gear and training void in emerging markets, and in some cases, they will really exacerbate the issue. Global South firefighters asking for overseas assist are doing so as a end result of their native authorities either lack the necessary funds or don’t see their needs as a precedence. But the reality is that in many nations’ governments, officials usually have little understanding of the trade. They assume that donated used items are a helpful solution to a price range shortfall. A short-term repair maybe. But in the long term, the objective must be to motivate governments to address the true short- and long-term needs of their Emergency Services personnel and really put cash into the development of high quality Emergency Services for his or her nations. A quick repair could take the pressure off briefly, however the important dialogue about long-term financing between departments and their governments needs to be occurring sooner, not later.
In the top, there isn’t a shortcutting quality. Donations must be quality gear, certified to be used and ideally, where possible, the identical or comparable brands as those being used currently by recipients. Equipment needs to come back with real training from practitioners with current expertise on the gear being acquired. Recipients must be trained so the new equipment could make them safer, not create extra danger. And donations mustn’t finish a dialog about price range – they want to be a half of a dialog about greater standards and higher service that depends on quite lots of new, recycled and donated equipment that truly serves the ever-expanding wants of the worldwide Emergency Services community.
Please keep a watch out for the fourth and last instalment of this text next month, where I will illustrate components to consider when making a donation, as nicely as suggestions to ensure profitable donations you can feel happy with.
Chris Gannon
Chris Gannon has spent 29 years within the industry as a nationwide Fire Chief, authorities advisor, CEO of Gannon Emergency Solutions, and has constructed a status as a pioneer in reviewing and improving Emergency Services all over the world. For more info, please go to or
GESA (Global Emergency Services Action)
GESA is a global non-profit founded in 2020 by chief corporations in the Emergency Services sector. GESA is a coalition of firms, consultants and practitioners working collectively to change the future of the global Emergency Services market. We are at present growing our flagship platform – the GESA Equipment Exchange – a web-based tool that can connect Global South departments with manufacturers, consultants, trainers and suppliers to tie donations to a sustainable, longer-term pipeline of gross sales and service. For more info, membership inquiries and more, please contact

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