Mississippi deploys search and rescue teams to Florida in Hurricane Dorian response

PEARL, Miss. (WTOK)-
Mississippi has deployed search and rescue teams to assist Florida as the Sunshine State braces for impacts from Hurricane Dorian. Many crews left over Labor Day 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.