PTF Mass food distribution- Haitian Palace, 2010

ABOUT THE EAGLES WINGS FOUNDATION

The Eagles Wings Foundation (EWF), is a non-profit organization organized and incorporated in the State of Florida and duly authorized as exempt from federal income tax under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. EWF is managed by a Board of Directors and complies with all federal and state laws in all aspects of their operational domain.

Founded in 1999, during the Bahamian relief efforts following the catastrophic damage inflicted by Hurricane Floyd, the organizational purpose has always about helping people in need. Since then, EWF has responded to many of the most devastating disasters in modern history including Hurricanes Irene, Katrina, Ike, Gustav, and Floyd, the 2010 Haitian Earthquake, the Deepwater Horizon (BP) Oil Spill, the Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami, and the 2011 Tornado season. Upon tasking to a disaster, EWF focuses on providing a rapid situational assessment of critical infrastructure and searches out the unmet needs of vulnerable homebound survivors. As the assessments progress, donated emergency relief supplies and services are distributed to the communities in the greatest need.

Eagles Wings was envisioned to provide short-term, post disaster relief and organizational leadership and coordination of volunteer and professional personnel and services wherever in the world they may be needed. From its inception, Eagles Wings’ core principles were dedicated to public, charitable, and educational purposes. Like any organization dedicated to providing assistance after a critical incident or natural disaster, the Eagles Wing Foundation has grown and learned from its humanitarian deployments. In the process, we have assembled a well-respected corps of first responders who are willing to share their expertise and consistently work towards a body of best practices.

To that end, an Educational Advisory Board has been assembled and an Office of Training was established to oversee course development, curriculum review, and statewide or national training. Logistics and deployment of responders has always required a highly organized function and to that end, Disaster Solutions is a subsidiary of the Foundation that operates under the name of Pathfinders Task Force® (PTF). For a more detailed view of the organizational structure, you are invited to click here to view the Eagles Wings Foundation Table of Organization.

OPERATIONAL STRUCTURE

The operational structure of Eagles Wings Foundation is a triad designed to fulfill distinct professional services that uphold the charter of EWF while providing operational support to the professions that comprise First Responders. EWF exists in order to support all of the professions dedicated to first response and is organized in the following three distinct areas:

NATIONAL RESPONSE REGISTRY

By definition, First Responders are persons who are among those responsible for going immediately to the scene of an emergency to provide critically needed assistance. In almost every community in the United States and abroad, dedicated and highly trained individuals give of their time and talent, often without any compensation, to meet the needs of those injured or killed as a result of a critical incident.

Our goal is to bring together under one umbrella an organization that understands the needs of first responders and the demands placed upon their shoulders and to assemble a body of knowledge that provides:

  • A centrally located assembly of best practices, training and curricula that contributes to the professional development of the First Responder Professional

  • A nationally/internationally recognized registry of first responder personnel

  • Continual research and development surrounding the technologies that support safety and professionalism in the fields of emergency management and first response.

  • In order to develop a body of knowledge that constitutes best practices, a medium of exchange must exist. Best practices in emergency management are hard earned and well learned lessons that are the result of multiple deployments to a host of varying situations in the field, followed by countless assessments of after-action reports. In order to assemble such a body of knowledge that addresses such concerns as logistics, finance, deployment, safety, hazard mitigation, and countless other topics, EWF is committed to providing a venue in the online community that empowers first responders to share their hard-earned knowledge in order to contribute to the overall body of first responder knowledge. As a result of working in the field, EWF personnel have developed a keen sense of appreciation for sound training practices and the need for continuing professional education that deliver competency-based skills to the first responder community. To provide a unified approach to training and professional education, EWF established and maintains the National Response Registry (NRR) that is dedicated to the identification and registry of first responder personnel so that skilled personnel are readily available for deployment. Placement on the National Response Registry provides registrants the opportunity to:

  • Receive the duty call from organizations and/or agencies when disasters strike.

  • Increase your professional availability and visibility in the emergency response community

  • Access to a Virtual Badge® – identification, credentials, time-keeper, and forms in one location

  • Participate in quarterly meetings designed to enhance and/or improve response deliverables

  • Attend national meetings to learn first-hand from subject matter experts, hear the needs from leading response organizations, and see what is new in the field from industry providers

  • Earn continuing professional education units to maintain certifications and licenses

  • Network with like-minded professionals

  • Open the door to new opportunities

  • Additionally, such professionals are potential instructors when the development and delivery of quality training and educational products in both the classroom and online environments is needed.

    SOFTWARE AND TECHNOLOGY

    EWF is dedicated to the continual evaluation of technology so that the needs of the first responder community can be met through the testing and use of emerging technologies. The EWF research and development team continually strives to find solutions to the challenges facing first responders and is actively involved in the development and launching of new products, applications, and hardware that contribute to the overall safety and functional efficiency of first responder personnel.

    EWF has worked closely with the Virtual Badge® team to modernize the way information is managed during emergency operations. The Virtual Badge® application is a platform that leverages common smartphones and mobile devices to provide increased security and situational awareness. While other access control systems “stop at the door,” Virtual Badge® can provide actionable information about on-site personnel that is unparalleled in any other platform. This type of innovative application solves critical incident credentialing concerns and is under evaluation by a host of government agencies. Click here for more details about Virtual Badge®.