NASHVILLE, Tenn. (October 8, 2020) – The Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue Department (MFRD) will join The Nashville Fire Department and other agencies from Middle Tennessee and deploy to Louisiana to aid in search and rescue efforts following Hurricane Delta’s landfall in Louisiana.
MFRD personnel participating are Captain Gary Hutchison, Driver/Engineer Jeremy Spivey and Firefighter/Paramedic Robert Gingrow.
Hurricane Delta a Category 2 Storm forecast to make landfall on the Louisiana Gulf Coast on Friday, October 9, 2020. A Category 1 Hurricane can pack winds of up to 110 miles per hour.
The Tennessee Task Force 2 (TNTF2) deployment comes at the request of FEMA and is a function of the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC). EMAC is a mutual-aid agreement among states and territories of the United States. It enables states to share resources during natural and man-made disasters, including terrorism.
This deployment is like a deployment for Hurricane Sally on September 14, 2020.
Members of the NFD Swift Water Rescue Team, NFD Urban Search and Rescue Team and NFD Medic Unit will deploy to Louisiana along with personnel from the Metro Nashville Police Department, Metro Nashville Public Works, Nashville General Services, Williamson County Communications, Brentwood Fire Department, Franklin Fire Department and Murfreesboro Fire Rescue Department.
The deployment is initially expected to last 14 days, however the deployment can be reduced or extended depending on the needs of Louisiana officials.
The team will take with them multiple tools and equipment to use during response efforts.