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In wake of Hurricane Florence, Delaware firefighters volunteer for duty in North Carolina

Delaware firefighters made it to North Carolina on Saturday for the first of seven days they'll spend putting down blazes in the wake of Hurricane Florence. 

 

Local fire companies mobilized two- to six-man teams and sent them to Raleigh, North Carolina, so they could be deployed across the state to support departments strapped for staffing and resources. 

Delaware firefighters made it to North Carolina on Saturday for the first of seven days they'll spend putting down blazes in the wake of Hurricane Florence. 

 

These guys have been working nonstop the past couple days after the storm, so it'd be nice to give them a break," said Christiana Fire Company firefighter Mark Savino. "We'll come here and do whatever we need to do — whatever we're told."

 

Hell is hitting them, and they're running out of resources," said Christiana Fire Chief Rich Perillo. "If we needed it, I know we would get it from them."

Chiefs of the Delaware companies knew sending their firefighters out of state would be a burden at home, but said they have planned to keep their own communities safe.

Drew Bowerson, chief of Aetna Hose, Hook and Ladder Company, didn't think twice.

 "It was a no-brainer," Bowerson said. "My members have a very good firefighting background, and I know they'll be an immediate asset to any organization down there." 

The group is called the Delaware Structural Firefighting Task Force. Delaware Fire School Training Administrator Tucker Dempsey organized the 42 firefighters from across the state Friday and sent them on the road Saturday. 

The Fire Depts heading south are,

Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder of Newark

Christiana

Hockessin

Cheswold

Citizens Hose of Smyrna

Leipsic

Little Creek

Felton

Hartly

Bridgeville

Dagsboro

Frankford

Lewes

 

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