Mississippi Deploys Search and Rescue Team to Assist Florida in Hurricaner Dorian Response

From:  News Release   9/4/19   GCN

PEARL – Due to the impacts of Hurricane Dorian, Mississippi deployed members of its search and rescue team to Florida over the weekend. The purpose of the deployment is to support and assist with potential swift water rescue operations.

The deployment was fulfilled via a request through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC), which is a national interstate mutual aid agreement that enables states to share resources during times of disaster.

Here is a list of some of the equipment deployed:

  • One runabout boat
  • One inflatable rescue raft
  • One Mobile Response trailer
  • One Swiftwater Equipment trailer
  • One Enclosed Mobile Command trailer

The team consists of 39 members and represents 20 cities, counties or associations within the state. They are listed below:

Amory Fire Department Lamar County

Biloxi Fire Department McComb Fire Department

City of Olive Branch Mississippi Levee Board

Choctaw Fire Department Ocean Springs Fire Department

Columbus Fire Department Oxford Fire Department

DeSoto County Petal Fire Department

Gautier Fire Department Southaven Fire Department

Gulfport Fire Department Tupelo Fire Department

Hattiesburg Fire Department Walls Fire Department

Hernando Fire Department Water Valley Fire Department

MEMA and other state agencies are prepared to provide additional support as it is requested.

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