Phoenix firefighters sent to Georgia to help with Hurricane Irma aftermath

Violet Powell
September 10, 2017

Part of the team that handles hazmat situations was diverted to Alabama to prepare. And several Nebraska utilities, including Nebraska Public Power District and Loup Public Power District, readied crews to help restore Floridians' power once Hurricane Irma makes landfall.

"We don't have a clear picture of where Irma will hit the United States, but from Alabama, they'll be able to quickly report to wherever help is needed", said Wolf. It then appears increasingly likely to rip into heavily populated South Florida early Sunday.

About one third of the team called up also went to Houston in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

"We were called out on the 24th of August", Captain Kevin Ganger of the Piqua Fire Department said. It is unclear if they will be mobilized and sent back east.

The team got word Thursday evening to "leave immediately", said Lincoln Fire Chief Michael Despain.

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"New Jersey stands ready to assist Texas with their search and rescue response to the destruction and devastation wrought by Hurricane Harvey and the recovery process begins", Christie said last month.

The 248 TX-TF1 team members and seven canines, along with 79 TX-TF2 members and four canines, have completed their mission and returned to their families.

"It's what we do", Ganger said, adding that about 90 percent of the people on the task force are firefighters.

It will take NETF-1 about two days to get to Elgin Air Force Base, in western Florida.

Brian McNoldy, a hurricane researcher at the University of Miami, said Irma could easily prove to be the costliest storm in US history.

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