Midland Firefighters to Help Hurricane Sandy Victims 12/24/12
December 24, 2012
Midland, TX - (City of Midland Press Release) Three Midland Fire Department officials will journey to New York next week to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy.
Battalion Chief Vince Hancock, District Chief Patrick Repman and Captain Terry Jones will leave Wednesday, Dec. 26 with the Lonestar Incident Management Team, which also includes personnel from the Texas Forest Service and the San Antonio Fire Department. The team will be staying at the command post in Floyd Bennett Field for three weeks and helping individuals from Queens, Brooklyn and Stanton Island.
“We typically work within the state of Texas, but this is on such a large scale and has lasted for so long that they’ve asked for help to relieve some of the teams that have been up there for quite a while,” Hancock said about the Type 3 Incident Management Team, which helps in times of both natural and man-made disasters.
The Midland Fire Department has allowed time off for the three men as they help manage the National Guard’s relief efforts and assist New Yorkers by providing MREs (meals ready to eat), water, electric blankets, affordable heaters and wellness checks on those still in the area. There are still 11,000 people without power, Hancock said.
“It’s an honor that New York has requested the help of the Texas Incident Management Team,” he said.