Four La Vergne firefighters are in Florida to assist in relief efforts following Hurricane Dorian.
Four LFD firefighters left last week for Birmingham, Ala., where they will rendezvous with firefighters from Germantown and Madison County. LFD also sent a truck and its newest Special Operations trailer which will help transport all of their equipment and allows them to be self-sufficient for up to 72 hours.
“Our personnel are honored to represent the State of Tennessee, the Volunteer State, as they serve the State of Florida,” La Vergne Fire Chief Chris Clark said. “We truly believe that if we needed help, they would be here for us. Our personnel have been training hard to make sure they are safe and can provide the best service possible, whether in the City of La Vergne or in the State of Florida.”
All personnel will be combined into four teams, each made up of 12 members. Lt. James Pewitt, Engineer AEMT Shane Richardson, firefighter EMT JR Bolen and firefighter AEMT Nick Davis will be part of a Type 2 Swift Water Rescue team.
All LFD personnel are certified in swift water rescue, as well as rope rescue, medical response and extrication which will help them rescue any civilians who may become trapped in their homes due to the storm and floodwaters.
The La Vergne Fire Department will be adjusting schedules to make sure there will be appropriate coverage in La Vergne. The firefighters will be in Florida for up to 14 days.