Locals head south to aid Katrina relief
- Staff Writer Morehead News
Thursday, September 1, 2005 10:19 PM EDT
As relief efforts continue in the hurricane-battered south, members of the U.S. Forest Service, including three men from Morehead, and members of the local Red Cross, head down to the Katrina-beaten areas of the Gulf Coast.
On their way to aid in the storm destruction were Forester Ron Taylor and Firefighter Chris Owens, who both left Wednesday, and departing Thursday was District Ranger Dave Manner.
The Kentucky Interagency coordination Center of the Daniel Boone National Forest in Winchester received orders Tuesday for two, 20-person crews to report for hurricane relief duty, said Kimberly Feltner, spokesperson with the Daniel Boone National Forest.
"We have some people from the Morehead area on their way down there now," she said Wednesday. "Actually, they left with the others this morning about 7 a.m."
According to Feltner, crews assembled Wednesday at the Southern Interagency Fire Cache in London. The crews will depart from London at 7 a.m. Thursday, to Alexandria, L.a.
"Kentucky members of the Red Team and Blue Team of the Incident Command System left yesterday for Port Allen, Louisiana and the Meridian Naval Air Station in Meridian, Mississippi on hurricane day," Feltner said. "And, a crew from Pine Knot Job Corps is leaving Kentucky today for Meridian."
Feltner said the coordination center of the Daniel Boone National Forest expects to receive more orders for assignment over the next several days
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09-02-2005, 08:35 PM #1
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Wildland Firefighters head south for Katrina Relief
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09-04-2005, 04:44 AM #2
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Forest Service Aids Katrina Relief
The following is a Partial NEWS RELEASE from the USDA Forest Service,Northeastern Area
Newtown Square Pa-USDA Forest Sercive Offices across the Northeast are mobilizing employees to assist victims affected by Hurricane Katrina.Over 100 employees from the Northeast and Midwest have already been dispatched to locations in Louisiana,Mississippi,and Alabama.So fare 20-person crews and about 12 individuals with specialized skills have been deployed to the hurricane ravaged area.They have three crews from Missouri,Minnesota,and Wisconsin that went to Mississippi said Bob Hartlove ,a fire planner at the Northeastern Area State and Private headquarters.In addition the Allegheny National Forest in Pennsylvania sent a crew to Camp Beauregard,Louisiana,and the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia is putting together a crew that will deployed soon.The Northeast Area is also putting together a standby list of personnel and resources to fill requests quickly when additional laborers or individuals with specialized experience are needed.Right now we are sending mostly crews with chain saw experience,but there is also a need for employees with specialized experience as information Technologies,Logistical Support,medical,Incident management,contracting and many other position they utilize during wildfire incidents.The 20 person crew we are putting together on the Monongahela will consist of experienced chain saw operators.They will go to ares that are still isolated and begin removing damaged and fallen trees.The crews utilizes the Forest Services ICS which was developed to respond to wildfires,but can adapt to a wide range of situations.Always a day late and a dollar short!
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