Nashville Fire Department Deploying 14 to aid in East Tennessee Fires
November 29, 2016
Contact: Brian Haas
24-Hour Media Line: 615-880-2020
Deployment comes after mutual aid request from Sevier County
The Nashville Fire Department will be deploying 14 of its personnel and five vehicles to Sevier County after a mutual aid request due to destructive wildfires burning in the area that have caused the evacuation of thousands. The deployment involves 10 firefighters, two paramedics, one district EMS chief and one district fire chief. They are expected to begin traveling to Sevier County before noon Tuesday.
“Nashvillians are always willing to step up and help when needed, just as many communities around Tennessee stepped up to help us during the flood in 2010,” said Mayor Megan Barry. “Our thoughts and prayers are with all those impacted by the forest fires, as well as the brave first responders who are working around the clock to save lives and properties in the area. We hope for a safe and speedy return of our Nashville Fire Department employees who will be assisting in Sevier County.”
The request came through the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, which is asking statewide for 80 heavy vehicles from across the state. Nashville will be sending two fire engines, an ambulance and two heavy SUVs.
Nashville’s personnel will be leaving from Station 4, 511 Harding Place, and will travel to Pigeon Forge, where they will be deployed. It is unclear how long they will be deployed there.
“If a neighbor needs help, we’re going to help,” said Nashville Fire Chief Rick White. “Our paramedics and firefighters are ready and eager to do what needs to be done.”