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NFD Deploys to South Carolina for Hurricane Florence

Joseph Pleasant; Public Information Officer

Teams from Nashville and Middle Tennessee will leave for South Carolina Wednesday morning.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (September 11, 2018) – The Nashville Fire Department will join with other agencies from Middle Tennessee and deploy to South Carolina in anticipation of Hurricane Florence’s landfall.

The deployment comes at the request of FEMA and is a function of The Emergency Management Assistance Compact. EMAC is a mutual aid agreement among states and territories of the United States. It enables states to share resources during natural and man-made disasters, including terrorism.

Hurricane Florence is currently a Category 4 storm as it churns toward the East Coast. It is expected to make landfall on Friday morning.

Members of the NFD Swift water Rescue team will deploy Wednesday morning along with personnel from the Nashville Office of Emergency Management, Metro Nashville Police Department, Hendersonville Fire Department and Goodlettsville Fire Department.

The two teams of 12 members will be on the ground in South Carolina to aid with rescue efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence’s anticipated heavy rain and subsequent flooding.

The teams will take with them multiple rescue boats and will include divers.

“Whenever we get the call for aid the Nashville Fire Department is ready to do whatever we can to help our fellow Americans,” Nashville Fire Department Director Chief William Swann said. “Our ability to quickly pull together highly trained personnel from multiple agencies shows our resiliency and commitment to stand united when needed."

At this time the teams are expected to remain deployed from 9/12-9/20 to help the people of South Carolina.

The teams from Middle Tennessee will join teams from East and West Tennessee who will also be deploying to South Carolina.