News Release

UPDATE: US Forest Service wildland firefighters and interagency crews mobilized to assist with Hurricane Sandy response

Washington
November 12, 2012 -

Interagency wildfire suppression crews and incident management teams have been mobilized to support state and local efforts in response to Hurricane Sandy.

The interagency Incident Management Teams are funded with assets made available because of Disaster Declarations, tasked through FEMA, and bring skills in organization, planning and will assist with logistical needs of communities affected by Hurricane Sandy. The wildfire crews are clearing downed trees, assisting 
at Federal Emergency Management Agency facilities, and are providing communications support to local emergency response agencies.
Under the National Response Framework, the U.S. Forest Service coordinates firefighting assets that respond to hurricanes and other emergency incidents. 
As of 6 a.m. today, 10 incident management teams and 41 wildfire suppression crews, a total of approximately 1,100 personnel, of which 950 are Forest Service employees, are working in impacted communities. This includes: 
New York: 
  • One incident management team managing road clearing operations and a mobilization center at East Farmingdale. 
  • One incident management team in Brooklyn assisting FEMA with managing community outreach volunteers. 
  • One incident management team in Nassau County, N.Y., helping to establish and manage FEMA distribution points, clearing roads and other logistical needs.
  • Twelve interagency hotshot, chainsaw and camp crews performing emergency road clearance and support to FEMA points of distribution locations. 
  • One National Incident Management Organization incident management team assigned to support Nassau County, N.Y. 
  • One National Incident Management Organization incident management team supporting New York City to assist local efforts in debris removal through organization and tracking. 
  • One National Incident Management Organization incident management team supporting New York City Office of Emergency Management in Flushing..
Pennsylvania: 
  • Three interagency hotshot, saw and camp crews and one incident management team are staged in Harrisburg.
New Jersey:
  • One Type 1 and one Type 2 incident management teams at Fort Dix are managing staging and road clearing.
  • One Type 2 incident management team in Monmouth County is coordinating road clearing assignments.
  • Twenty-six interagency hotshot, saw and camp crews are working on road clearing and supporting FEMA points of distribution operations.
Learn more about what these crews do by listening to this podcast. (Here’s the transcript.)