Local Rescue Teams Head To South Carolina

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Around 10:00 o'clock Wednesday (9/12/2018) morning, Murfreesboro Fire Rescue Department, along with Rutherford County Fire and Rescue, and members of the Wilson County EMS will deploy from Murfreesboro to assist with Hurricane Florence efforts in South Carolina.

A total of eight Tennessee teams will be at Camp McCrady Training Center near Columbia, South Carolina where they will stage until orders are received.

NewsRadio WGNS will post pictures and give updates on the local involvement of emergency responders from Rutherford County.

While preparing to leave Murfreesboro, the rescue workers will stage in the parking lot behind WGNS prior to leaving.

Murfreesboro Fire Rescue

A total of 12 Murfreesboro Fire Rescue Department personnel join teams from Middle, East, and West Tennessee, which include personnel from other disciplines such as police, emergency medical services, and other technical rescue specialties.

Rutherford County Fire & Rescue Department

The Rutherford County Fire and Rescue Department sent 4 crews is being deployed to help with the recent hurricanes in South Carolina. Fire and Rescue Crews will travel as a convoy from Murfreesboro to South Carolina.

Chief Larry Farley has announced that the Swiftwater Rescue crews from Rutherford County Fire Rescue will come to the aid of South Carolina areas being battered by Hurricane Florence. RCFR will be working with other Middle TN agencies to provide rescue capabilities, and any other disaster assistance as needed.

This request comes from FEMA and is a function of the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC), which is a mutual aid agreement among states and territories of the United States. It enables states to share resources during disasters.

Four crewmembers from Rutherford County Fire Rescue will be joined by 4 from Wilson County EMA, and another 4 from Murfreesboro Fire Rescue Department to become a 12 man Type II team for this response. This team will be joining several other teams from Middle, East and West Tennessee. The deploying teams in Murfreesboro, will head to Nashville for a TEMA briefing before traveling to South Carolina.

Rutherford County Fire and Rescue will bring a rescue truck, all water rescue equipment to outfit the 4 crewmembers and a 'sustainment trailer' capable of providing temporary shelter and necessities for any deployed responders on site. Teams are expected to remain in South Carolina for approximately a week; subject to determination by FEMA.

Public Information Officer Lisa Sloan told WGNS, "We have 4 crew members, who along with 4 from Wilson County EMS and Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue Department, will form a 12 man Type II Team, to operate in response to FEMA's Hurricane operations."

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