Friday, September 08, 2017 | 12:10pm
Nashville The State of Tennessee deployed multiple teams of health care and search and rescue professionals south today to help local, state, and federal officials in Florida dealing with the impact of Hurricane Irma, the second, catastrophic hurricane to strike the continental U.S. this season.
I am glad we could call upon Tennessees well-trained and dedicated emergency managers, first responders and health professionals to help Florida through what could be a devastating disaster, said Director Patrick Sheehan of the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency. Effective emergency management is built on solid relationships, and our partnerships with local fire and emergency medical services agencies, and our state health officials have made all the difference in putting together Tennessees Hurricane Irma response teams.
Tennessees Hurricane Irma teams have a total of 151 members, to include: a 40-person nurse strike team; five ambulance strike teams with 57 members; three urban search & rescue teams with 40 personnel; two health incident management teams with 10 personnel; and a four-member team of emergency management officials.
The nurse strike team includes practitioners from Tennessee Department of Health regional public health departments across Tennessee, and will provide crucial medical care and support to Hurricane ...