Tri-Cities Responders Activated to Assist Relief Efforts in South Carolina

temafloodMembers of Kingsport Fire Department, Bristol TN Fire Department, Kingsport Lifesaving Crew, and Washington County EMS have been activated through an Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) request by the Tennessee Dist. 1 of Homeland Security. EMAC offers assistance during governor-declared states of emergency through a responsive, straightforward system that allows states to send personnel, equipment, and commodities to help disaster relief efforts in other states.

Five members of the Kingsport Fire Department, three members from Bristol TN Fire Department, one member of Kingsport Life Saving Crew, and six personnel from Washington County/ Johnson City EMS will be part of an eighty member team response from Tennessee. This is the second wave of Tennessee responders to travel to South Carolina for this disaster.

Other responders that are currently being deployed are:

Listed below are the departments and number of personnel identified to be deployed:

TWRA (8)
Bradley County (4)
Rutherford Fire (4)
Sevierville Fire (6)
Kingsport Fire (5)
Kingsport Life-Saving Crew (1)
Hendersonville/Sumner County (12)
Hardin County (3)
Wilson EMA (4)
Murfreesboro Fire (8)
Franklin Fire (3)
Brentwood Fire (4)
Washington Co. EMS (6)
Lawrenceburg Fire (4)
Bristol Fire (3)
Maury County (5)

The team will be headed to the Columbia, SC area to support local and national relief efforts. The teams are expecting to work 12-16 hour days and may be deployed for the next week and a half. Floodwaters are expected to crest Saturday and dams to breach and cause additional flooding to other areas. This re-deployment will allow fresh crews to be in place and relieve existing crews that have worked tirelessly and made hundreds of rescues.