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Mayor de Blasio Announces Deployment of FDNY Personnel to Florida to Assist with Hurricane Dorian

August 30, 2019

25 members of FDNY Incident Management Team will deploy to Florida on Sunday

NEW YORK—Mayor de Blasio and Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro today announced deployments of FDNY personnel to Florida as Hurricane Dorian approaches. 25 members of the FDNY’s Incident Management Team will deploy to Florida on Sunday to assist with hurricane logistics, planning, and personnel coordination alongside local officials on the ground.

“New York City is ready to do whatever it takes to help those impacted by Hurricane Dorian,” said Mayor de Blasio. “We are actively monitoring the situation in Florida and the FDNY Incident Management team will be assisting and coordinating with local first responders to ensure they have the support they need in the coming days.”

“The highly-trained members of our FDNY Incident Management Team are always ready to respond across the country when disaster strikes,” said Fire Commissioner Daniel A. 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.”

“A dedicated Incident Management Team will soon be on its way to Florida to help support Hurricane Dorian response and recovery operations,” said NYC Emergency Management Commissioner Deanne Criswell. “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.”

Incident Management Teams are federally trained teams of first responders responsible for overseeing large-scale long-duration incidents and emergencies, including forest fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, and other natural disasters. The FDNY IMT has responded to multiple national emergencies including forest fires, New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, Broome County, New York following Hurricane Irene, New York City after Hurricane Sandy, Texas after Hurricane Harvey and Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.

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