At the heart of Fuelie’s mission is to directly enable and enhance humanitarian relief, medical evacuation and disaster response in order to save lives.
This use of Fuelie to save lives lies at the center of Fuelie’s original and current company goal: to facilitate disaster response and evacuate the injured more efficiently and therefore save more peoples’ lives than could ever be the case without Fuelie’s technology.
Fuelie has three of its components that make this happen: the Med-Fuelie (Medical), the EM-Fuelie (Emergency) and Aqua-Fuelie (Water).
The Med-Fuelie will enable a medical evacuation helicopter to fly safe, more profitable missions with an increased range of operation and at lower cost. Med-Fuelie pods put the fuel where it needs to be: at hospitals, on frequently traveled evacuation routes or at strategically placed helipads. Helicopters medevac more patients without being chained to airports that may be out of the way and that require more fuel, more cost and more time to refuel.
Use of the Med-Fuelie also permits “hot” refueling (engine running), amounting to time and cost savings to the operator, permitting more patients in dire situations to be delivered to life saving medical care.
A recent example of how Med-Fuelie would have saved more lives is the emergency response phase to Hurricane Matthew’s 2016 devastation of SW Haiti.
There in essence was no helo medevac service for scores of the injured to reach hospitals in Haiti’s capital. The distances were too far to fly from the capital, retrieve patients and fly the injured back on one tank of fuel. Placing Med-Fuelie along the route or at the point of patient delivery would have eliminated this issue—and saved many lives.
The EM-Fuelie (Emergency) provides another aspect of humanitarian, emergency response in the face of natural disasters—for fueling the helicopters, generators, vehicles and life-saving equipment of first responders.
Designed for national, state, local or NGO disaster responders, EM-Fuelie changes the equation for more effective and quicker response. In the face of earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods or even civil unrest, it currently takes too much time to provide rapid and effective responses counting on getting normal services up and running. If circumstances are anything but normal, creative, rapid and non-traditional responses based on the likes of EM-Fuelie provide the answer.
EM-Fuelie pods can be staged and stored at warehouses or depots ready and waiting to be immediately deployed where the need is greatest. The result will be more medical personnel, food, medicine, EMTs delivered quicker and more efficiently to where they need to be.
The result is more relief delivered faster at the crucial early stages of disaster response—with more lives saved.
Fuelie’s on-board telemetry also permits constant communication with emergency response op centers that make logistical coordination and deployments work better and make helo refueling a smooth, automatic process.
Emergency response logistic experts have told Fuelie Systems Inc. that had they had access to EM-Fuelie in the wake of the 2015 Tropical Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu, their operations would have been far more effective: fewer trips to airports to refuel and more time, costs and lives saved.
The EM-Fuelie pod can be married with the Aqua-Fuelie, providing clean, secure and access-controlled water to emergency relief responders and others in disaster or emergency zones. The EM-Fuelie design and engineering can be easily adapted for the provision of clean water, including the treatment of fresh water than may come from less than ideally potable sources.
Med-Fuelie, EM-Fuelie and Aqua-Fuelie pods can change the way humanitarian relief, disaster response and medical evacuations are carried out.
This is the essence of Fuelie Systems humanitarian mission: to save lives globally.
Ambassador (ret) Lewis Lucke, Fuelie System's Board Chairman, led the US response to the 2010 Haiti earthquake that killed 250,000 people and whose relief and emergency response totaled $1.0 billion. Duties included intense coordination between civilian and military actors both US, international and Haitian. Previously, Ambassador Lucke was the first USAID Mission Director in Iraq that included reconstruction and developmental programs totaling over $4.0 billion, the largest such US program since the Marshall Plan. The Iraq program included preparation for responding to a large-scale humanitarian disaster that never materialized.
The Ambassador is an expert on civilian-military coordination after natural disasters and a recipient of USAID's highest awards--Distinguished Career and Heroism. Ambassador Lucke speaks fluent French and Spanish and some Arabic. His passion for Fuelie is based on his basic understanding of how to provide effective disaster and humanitarian responses to conflicts and natural disasters.
The Abassador Lewis Lucke
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