Hurricane Irene Response
Town of Hamburg Companies Deploy Down State
to Assist in Recovery from Hurricane Irene


The eastern part of New York State was among the areas devastated by Hurricane Irene causing downed trees, power outages, and severe flooding. The magnitude of the devastation exceeded the resources of first responders in those affected areas.    The state wide mutual aid plan was activated and the request was made to Erie County to send equipment and manpower to assist in those areas.   Late on Saturday evening of August 27th, the request was made to Erie County’s Dept. of Emergency Services looking for Engines, Ladder Trucks, and SEFU units to deploy for up to a 7 day deployment. Following coordination from The Hamburg Emergency Management Office, a convoy of crews departed from the Erie County Fire Academy on Sunday morning.   Manpower and equipment from through-out Erie County deployed. Representing the Town of Hamburg was an Engine from Blasdell and SEFU units from Big Tree, Lake View, and Lake Shore along with manpower from Newton Abbott.   The request for the engines and ladder trucks were cancelled allowing Blasdell to return to service.   The remaining crews responded to Ulster, Rockland, and SchoharieCounties. Crews worked 12 hour shifts responding to fires, EMS requests, Co calls, MVAs, pump details, and water rescues.
On September 4th an additional request came in for ambulances to deploy to SchoharieCounty.   Big Tree’s ambulance left September 5th for a 3 day deployment. 
These deployments are an example of why the state-wide mutual aid agreement is so important and illustrates the brother and sister-hood that exists in emergency services.
We wish to recognize and thank those that volunteered to deploy to help our fellow New Yorkers as well as the Chiefs and Emergency Managers that played a behind the scenes part in this successful mission.  
Pictured are the personnel that volunteered to respond downstate.

 Article and pictures by John Carlin Sr. (D-2)

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