In the worst emergencies or disasters the area affected will include flooded villages, raging fires, debris two-stories high just to name a few blockades.
And the village, town or city will be without COMMUNICATION, without ELECTRICITY, without ROADS, without heat, without water, without food, without shelter- with nothing.
One of our priorities is to GET THERE, and open the supply lines, OPEN THE ROADS on the ground. One of the greatest problems for first responders at the 2010 Magnitude 7.0 earthquake in Haiti, was that the roads could not be opened to bring supplies in or move people out.
So I frame my idea in the context that NO resources will be available to tap into once you get there- if you can get there.
The only thing that the responder has is the clothing and equipment on their back.
Although our robotic technolgy is awesome, it's not to the point whereas we can send in a fleet of autonomous robots to flip a switch, traverse muddy or water terrain, turn a valve or climb a craggy slope.
But just as robots cannot do it alone, neither can man (depending on the scenario).
Therefore, my idea for the responder of the future is a combination of both!
A machine that can get a responder from point A to point B to navigate over or around logs, fallen trees, fire, over-water, under-water, rocks, upslopes, downslopes, and debris.
An agile and powerful machine that will be able to carry a team of 4 to 6 with 50 pounds of equipment for each man SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED FOR DISASTER.
It will serve as protection to the elements, ALL terrain with tools and threat detection integrated, it should have the ability to be configured to meet the needs of any disaster, or a combination of many.
The only way I can help is to give you my suggestion.
But I'm sure there are many military grade vehichles that can be modified/specialized to do this job.