Sixteen additional members of New Jersey Task Force One (NJ-TF1) were deployed late last night at the request of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). New Jersey is also sending 6 rescue boats and 5 vehicles to assist the rescue efforts. They are currently enroute to a staging area in Morganton, North Carolina.
On Monday, September 10, our 85-member NJ-TF1 team departed New Jersey and is currently staging in Kinston, North Carolina. Although downgraded to a Tropical Depression, Florence continues to wreak havoc on both North and South Carolina with flash floods and swollen rivers not expected to crest until Tuesday. The team remains poised and ready for their next mission.
An additional NJ-TF1 team member has been deployed to Columbia, South Carolina to provide assistance to rescue personnel in the area. He will work as part of the FEMA Incident Support Team that manages the search and rescue teams operating in the affected locations.
Our thoughts and prayers remain with the citizens and first responders in North and South Carolina.
The team got an early start this morning with a mission beginning at 4 a.m., just before Hurricane Florence made landfall. They assisted in evacuations, water rescues and structural damage assessments. Over 100 residents and pets were rescued in Beaufort County, North Carolina throughout the day’s operations.
The team is safe tonight and prepared to work 24-hour operations. We will keep you updated as the deployment continues.
As the path of Hurricane Florence continues to become more defined, the task force has been ordered to stage in Beaufort County, North Carolina. They arrived safely and are awaiting further instruction.
Be sure to stay informed about weather conditions in your area. For those living in Central and Southern New Jersey visit US National Weather Service Philadelphia/Mount Hollyhttp://www.weather.gov/phi/. For those living in Northern New Jersey and the New York Metro area visit US National Weather Service New York NY www.weather.gov/okx/.
Earlier today, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper stopped by to meet with and thank the members of NJ Task Force One that have deployed to Kinston, North Carolina ahead of Hurricane Florence making landfall. The Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) capabilities of this dynamic team have earned them the privilege of being a federally recognized USAR team, able to be deployed to any catastrophic event to assist with response and recovery efforts.
Governor Cooper spoke with Governor Phil Murphy today to personally thank him for New Jersey's service and commitment to our southern neighbors. New Jersey remains ready to offer our unwavering support to those states impacted by Hurricane Florence.
District Assistant Chief. Gary Breuer has been deployed with NJ-TF1 to North Carolina in preparation for Hurricane Florence as North And South Carolina will take a direct hit from the Category 4 Hurricane. The district would like to wish the men and women of NJ-TF1 and all task forces deployed from across the country a safe deployment and return home when their job is done. ... See MoreSee Less
Earlier today members of the district took part in a 9/11 memorial dedication at the Lambertville - New Hope Ambulance and rescue squads building. The memorial is dedicated to the men and women that paid the ultimate sacrifice on September 11, 2001. Gone but never forgotten Thank you to the Rescue Squads members for the time spent on this memorial and for the invite to participate today. ... See MoreSee Less
Today members of the district took Rescue 17 south to Hopewell Township for their 9/11 ceremony where they also held a memorial service for all their fallen members throughout the year. Today they also honored Lambertville Firefighter Mark Leary Sr which we lost earlier this year in a tragic accident. The district want to thank Hopewell Township for honoring one our members. ... See MoreSee Less
Busy month and week so far for the Fire District#1 AKA City Boys
Today the career staff started the day with an alarm activation in Delaware Twp, a public assistance call for smoke detector install,and a building fire in New Hope. The career staff also trained on torches and chain saws
All done with high temperatures in the upper 90’s
Job well done By our crew and The crew of Eagle Fire Company Engine 46 (New Hope PA) ... See MoreSee Less