Tennessee Responders Show Volunteer State Spirit in Hurricane Dorian Response

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Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee is praising the work of Tennessee's emergency managers and first responders who provided critical, life-saving help to the southeastern states threatened by Hurricane Dorian.

Emergency workers from Rutherford County and the City of LaVergne are two of 39 groups that responded to the disaster sites.

"We are fortunate to have such dedicated emergency professionals in Tennessee who think nothing of putting themselves in harm's way to save lives," Gov. Lee said. "We are proud to call these selfless heroes our family members, neighbors, and friends."

Tennessee deployed a total of 172 emergency personnel to Florida, North Carolina, and South Carolina to assist, state and local officials in the mission areas of incident management, logistics, swift-water rescue, shelter support, evacuations and medical services.

Members of the deployed teams represented 39 cities and counties, and federal and state agencies as follows:

◘ AMR Blount County
◘ AMR Knox County
◘ Anderson County EMS
◘ Ashland City Fire Department
◘ Bartlett Fire Department
◘ Brentwood Fire Department
◘ Cheatham County EMS
◘ Claiborne County EMS
◘ Dickson Fire Department
◘ Franklin Fire Department
◘ Germantown Fire Department
◘ Grainger County EMS
◘ Greene County EMS
◘ Hamilton County EMS
◘ Hardeman County EMS
◘ Henderson County EMS
◘ Jackson Madison Health Department
◘ Jefferson County EMS
◘ LaVergne Fire Department
◘ Madison County Fire Department
◘ Medical Center Benton
◘ Medical Center Chester
◘ Medical Center Madison
◘ Metro Nashville Public Works
◘ Montgomery County EMS
◘ Nashville Fire Department
◘ Nashville General Services
◘ Nashville Office of Emergency Management
◘ Rutherford County EMA
◘ Sullivan County EMS
◘ Sumner County EMS
◘ Tennessee Department of Health
◘ Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA)
◘ Tennessee National Guard
◘ Tennessee Task Force II
◘ Washington County EMS
◘ Weakley County EMS
◘ Williamson County Emergency Management
◘ Williamson County Sheriff's Department

TEMA coordinated Tennessee's Hurricane Dorian deployments through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC), the nation's state-to-state mutual aid system.

"I continue to be both impressed by the diligence of our team and our partners and proud of them all," said TEMA Director Patrick Sheehan. "By working together across disciplines and jurisdictions, Tennessee's emergency managers and first responders have proven that they take the challenge of being ready to respond seriously and invest the effort to meet standards and maintain documentation so that when disasters threaten they can move quickly."

According to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), @NEMA_web, more than 1,075 personnel have responded to Hurricane Dorian through EMAC, with Tennessee's deployments representing 16 percent of the national total.

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