TN sends ambulance strike teams to Florida for Hurricane Michael relief

The State of Tennessee deployed multiple ambulance strike teams to Florida today to support emergency officials readying for life-safety impacts now that Hurricane Michael has made landfall.

“This is what Tennesseans do. In times of disaster or crisis, we volunteer to help those in need,” Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam said. “I am proud of these men and women from across the state who have traveled to Florida, heading directly into the storm, to provide life-saving
services and relief to those affected by Hurricane Michael.”

The teams include a total of 35 members representing departments from the following Tennessee agencies and counties:
 Sullivan County
 Washington County
 Greene County
 Grainger County
 Knox County
 Blount County
 Jefferson County
 Medical Center Madison County
 Medical Center Benton County
 Medical Center Chester County
 Henderson County
 Bartlett Fire Shelby County

“We are proud of these dedicated, professional Tennesseans who have answered the call for help and are selflessly helping our neighbors in Florida as they face the potential for catastrophic damages from Hurricane Michael,” TEMA Director Patrick Sheehan said. “We are
thankful for them and for their families who allow them to volunteer and leverage their skills and experience to aid our neighbors.”

“We appreciate and admire these skilled professionals who put themselves in harm’s way to help others, in this case in Florida. We value their life-saving contributions to those impacted by Hurricane Michael,” said Tennessee Department of Health Chief Medical Officer David Reagan, MD, PhD.

The ambulance strike teams will deploy for 11 days. The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) is coordinating Tennessee’s Hurricane Michael deployments through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC), with organizational support from the Tennessee Association of Fire Chiefs' Mutual Aid System and
the Tennessee Department of Health.