FDNY team to be deployed to Fla. to help during Hurricane Dorian
Incident Management Team (IMT) members will help responders there with logistics, planning and personnel coordination
By Irene Spezzamonte
Staten Island Advance, N.Y.
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Friday that Fire Department members of the Incident Management Team (IMT) will be deployed to Florida to help local first responders prepare for Hurricane Dorian.
The mayor, in collaboration with Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro, said that 25 members to the IMT will leave New York on Sunday for Florida to help responders there with logistics, planning and personnel coordination.
“The highly-trained members of our FDNY Incident Management Team are always ready to respond across the country when disaster strikes,” said Nigro. “With Florida directly in the path of Hurricane Dorian, our members will be on the ground and ready to work with local officials to provide help where it is needed most, as they have in Puerto Rico and Texas in recent years.”
Early on Friday, President Donald Trump described the hurricane as an “absolute monster" as the National Hurricane Center expects the storm to become a Category 4.
“We hope these resources will help Florida’s first responders in their time of need, and we’ll remain ready in the coming days to respond to any additional requests for assistance from areas impacted by the hurricane,” said NYC Emergency Management Commissioner Deanne Criswell.
(Associated Press material was used in this report.)
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