Published: Sun, September 10, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Lincoln Electric System heading to Florida in advance of Hurricane Irma

Lincoln Electric System heading to Florida in advance of Hurricane Irma

According to Thavenet, the task force, which was activated to Florida just two days after it arrived home from Texas, is well-rested and prepared for the mission.

"We were called out on the 24th of August", Captain Kevin Ganger of the Piqua Fire Department said.

Four of California's Urban Search-and-Rescue teams have received the call and will be headed to Florida to deal with Hurricane Irma.

14 LES staff members and nine vehicles will be heading to Florida and are expected to stay at least two weeks. "This is a significant opportunity for them to do it again, even though it is back-to-back".

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The Red Cross was one of many organizations who sent volunteers from Nevada to deal with clean-up in Texas.

TX-TF1 and TX-TF2, working with over 1,400 responders from other state and federal partners, and teams and resources from across the nation, conducted rescues or evacuations of over 50,000 Texans and 1,900 pets since Hurricane Harvey made landfall at Rockport on August 25. "There was water in the wheel bearing, so they had to replace that", Despain said.

Lincoln Fire and Rescue will continue to maintain its normal staffing levels by using overtime to backfill the vacancies, Despain said.

After meeting at the Virginia Beach Fire Training Center Monday afternoon, the 45 member task force had originally left for San Juan on Tuesday. In regard to all of the task force members, Ganger said, "They step up, and they're willing to leave their families to go and assist". It's not known how long the deployment for Hurricane Irma will last.

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