Effective donations transform into sales – a Global South practitioner’s story

Written by GESA (Global Emergency Services Action) As Head Technical Coordinator and a Volunteer Firefighter with the Guayaquil Fire Department, Jesse Hunter is responsible for a wide variety of activities. Hunter started his career as a volunteer firefighter 17 years…

Donations – an essential guide, Part 4

By Chris Gannon, writing for GESA (Global Emergency Services Action) Before considering donations… Donations of gear and equipment, as we’ve discussed in earlier articles, can be a mixed bag.  Some contributions are in the end useless, occasionally even dangerous. Estimates…

Donations – An Essential Guide, Part 3

By Chris Gannon, writing for GESA (Global Emergency Services Action) To see Parts 1+2 of this article on the complexity of Emergency Services donations, the various donor types, and how regulations play a role in the ecosystem, please see Part…

Donations – An Essential Guide, Part 2

By Chris Gannon, writing for GESA (Global Emergency Services Action) To catch up on Part 1 of this article, which introduces the complexity of Emergency Services donations and outlines the various donor types and their circumstances, please follow this link:…

Donations – An Essential Guide, Part 1

By Chris Gannon, writing for GESA (Global Emergency Services Action) Firefighters around the world may share a common commitment, but it doesn’t mean they all have the resources they need to get the job done. As a result, Emergency Services…

Kicking off 2022 with work on GESA’s Equipment Exchange

Departments and communities across the Global South struggle to get the equipment they need. Budgets are tight, procurements can be slow and inefficient, and the process for getting donated gear can take years. At the same time, the process for…

Looking forward at 2022 – GESA’s plans for the new year

As we celebrate the end of GESA’s first full year of operations, we look forward to what 2022 will bring for our organization. In 2021, we established our Global South Advisory Council (AC) – a body of practitioner experts from…

Reflecting on GESA’s first year: a roundtable with our advisory council

December marks the end of GESA’s first full year of operations, and what a year it has been! Among the accomplishments we’re most proud of is the establishment and growth of the GESA Global South Advisory Council (AC) – a…

Strengthening community support for emergency services around the world

Is there enough public support for Emergency Services personnel worldwide? Citizens in the Global North often take Emergency Services (ES) for granted. Firefighters, EMTs and other first responders are the bedrock of society – the community looks up to them…

Working to make the global gear donations process work better – take GESA’s five-minute survey

GESA (Global Emergency Services Action) is an international non-profit organization that works with Emergency Services practitioners, consultants and equipment manufacturers to promote quality Emergency Services (ES) around the world. Our latest project looks at the world of donations – donations…

Strengthening the Global Emergency Services donations pipeline: a survey

Over the last couple of months, GESA’s Global South Advisory Council (AC) has discussed the issue of donations – donations of equipment, gear and vehicles to underserved communities around the world. The AC looked at a wide variety of issues,…

Donation mismatch: a conversation with GESA’s Global South Advisory Council

Donations of Emergency Services gear, vehicles and rescue equipment are a welcome sight to under-resourced departments around the world struggling to provide emergency care. However, despite the best intentions of the donors, there’s often a mismatch between what’s donated and…

Combatting donor syndrome: a conversation with GESA’s Global South Advisory Council

Each year, millions of dollars of gear and equipment are donated by organizations and governments around the world to Global South departments in need. Donations span different brands, levels of wear and usability – some useful and some much less.…

Measuring what we value: to unlock a budget for emergency services, we need to be able to point to success around the world

Many parts of the world lack effective – and regionally appropriate – tools for measuring success in the emergency services sector. Especially in emerging or developing economies, practitioners often struggle to capture the data they need to make their case…

How should we measure success in the emergency services sector? GESA’s Global South Advisory Council launches consultations

Circumstances vary from country to country, but every member of GESA’s Global South Advisory Council agrees: a fundamental challenge facing the future of Emergency Services throughout the Global South lies in measurement. How exactly can we measure success in ways…

MDM & GESA partner to promote quality Emergency Services around the world

GESA to write a recurring column on the challenges and opportunities faced by Emergency Services practitioners in emerging markets for the MDM community. GESA is pleased to announce a new partnership with a leading publisher in the fire and safety…

GESA’s Global South Advisory Council – building our understanding of the way to better global emergency services

As part of GESA’s mission to increase flow of information between industry leaders in the Global North and Emergency Services (ES) practitioner leaders in the Global South, a GESA Advisory Council (AC) meeting was held on 13 March, with members…

Introducing GESA – Global Emergency Services Action

Founded in 2020 by a group of leading companies, trainers, and consultants in the Emergency Services sector around the world – including LION, Rosenbauer, Dupont, and Holmatro – GESA works to promote widely available, quality Civil Protection and Emergency Services…

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