Bi-Fuel John Deere Diesel Generators For Disaster Response And Relief

Bi-Fuel John Deere Diesel Generators for Disaster Response and Relief

Disaster relief and response agencies commonly use John Deere’s bi-fuel generator engines during a disaster. The agencies include law enforcement, search and rescue teams, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). 

Dual-fuel John Deere generators provide a reliable power source to emergency services including police and fire departments in disaster situations. They’re also used to power lighting, communication equipment, and other critical infrastructure. 

In addition to John Deere’s generator engines, search and rescue teams rely on specialty John Deere equipment such as all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and utility vehicles (UTVs) to transport supplies and rescue equipment to hard-to-reach places. Such vehicles are frequently outfitted with specialized equipment, such as plows and winches, to help disaster response efforts. 

The DHS and FEMA often use John Deere equipment, including bi-fuel diesel generators, excavators, and other heavy equipment, to clear debris, build temporary structures, and restore infrastructure to bolster disaster response efforts. 

Bi-fuel John Deere Diesel Generators used in Natural Disaster Response and Relief

John Deere’s bi-fuel diesel generators are popular for natural disaster response and relief efforts because of their extended runtime capabilities. Since dual-fuel generators run on a blend of diesel and natural gas, they can provide extended runtime even when diesel is in short supply. 

Power outages are common during natural disasters such as tornadoes, hurricanes, and earthquakes. Dual-fuel generators provide a reliable source of power to support emergency response efforts. They’re commonly used to power communication devices, operate medical equipment, and provide electricity to emergency shelters. 

Extended runtime capabilities allow bi-fuel generators to operate seamlessly in situations where road closures and other logistical challenges may impact fuel delivery. These generators use a blend of diesel and natural gas to power disaster response efforts during extended power outages. 

John Deere’s bi-fuel generators are also cost-effective and have lower carbon emission levels compared to traditional diesel-only generators.

John Deere Diesel Power Generator Applications

First Responders

First responders use various John Deere generators to power their disaster response efforts including: 

  • Search and Rescue: Search and rescue teams use portable generators to power communication, lighting, and specialized equipment such as pumps and winches. 
  • Temporary medical sites: Emergency generators provide field hospitals and clinics with reliable power sources to operate medical equipment, lighting, and HVAC systems. 
  • Temporary shelters: Generators provide the power to operate lighting, heating, and cooling systems in temporary shelters set up for disaster relief. They enable individuals to stay safe and comfortable during a disaster. 


John Deere generators power utilities crucial to disaster response efforts to ensure supplies are able to be delivered to the areas most in need: 

  • Water filtration and pumping: Emergency generators ensure a reliable supply of clean water to those in need and help prevent the spread of disease. 
  • Food: Generators power refrigeration units for food storage during disaster response efforts. Proper food storage extends perishable food’s shelf life, ensuring it remains safe for human consumption. 
  • Logistics: Emergency generators provide warehouses with a reliable power supply during a disaster. They power the lighting systems and ensure warehouse managers readily access the systems they need to ensure proper distribution of relief items and equipment. 
  • Hygiene: Generators help power domestic facilities like showers and laundry facilities to ensure those affected by disasters have access to the basic necessities of life. 


Emergency generators help power critical utilities during disaster recovery efforts, including: 

  • Sewage treatment: Generators can ensure sewage treatment plants operate uninterrupted during disaster-related power outages. This helps prevent environmental damage and the spread of diseases.  
  • Water: Generators can help ensure a steady supply of safe drinking water whenever a disaster strikes. They can ensure water treatment plants operate seamlessly despite an area-wide power blackout. 
  • Communications: Emergency generators can help ensure seamless communication during a disaster. They can power cellular and radio towers and other critical communication infrastructure. Proper communication is necessary to help first responders coordinate rescue efforts and inform the public.  

Medical Care Facilities 

Emergency generators such as those powered with John Deere engines are crucial to keeping medical care facilities operational during a disaster. They power critical medical equipment and systems necessary to save lives.  

  • Medication storage: Emergency generators help ensure medication storage systems remain operational, even during prolonged power outages. Quick power restoration prevents the loss of precious medication and can help save lives. 
  • Patient care/Monitoring equipment: Emergency generators ensure patient care is not interrupted by prolonged power outages. They provide patient care equipment with consistent and reliable power during a disaster.  
  • Electronic records management: A reliable power source gives medical personnel the information they need when treating patients. Thanks to generators powered by John Deere, medical personnel have ready access to electronic medical records with critical patient information.  
  • Facility systems: Emergency generators powered by John Deere ensure medical facilities remain operational by powering critical systems including lighting, HVAC, and more. They also power specific medical care equipment such as ventilators and dialysis machines to improve patient care and safety. A reliable power source ensures the facility’s communication system runs uninterrupted, helping medical personnel coordinate their efforts and safeguard human lives. 

Retrofitting a John Deere-powered diesel generator with an OptiBlend® conversion kit quickly and easily upgrades it to a dual-fuel system. An OptiBlend® system can help facilities cut fuel costs by reducing their diesel consumption by up to 70%. Switching to a dual-fuel generator makes for more robust disaster preparedness. 

Bolster your disaster preparedness by switching to an OptiBlend® dual-fuel system. Contact an OptiBlend® specialist today.

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