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Dorchester County Provides Hurricane Florence Recovery Assistance
On Monday, September 17th, Dorchester County Fire Rescue Lieutenant, Anthony Simmons, deployed with the South Carolina Urban Search and Rescue Team. Simmons was deployed for one week assisting the South Carolina Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team (HART) in the affected regions of North and South Carolina.
Dorchester County Fire Rescue Engine 424 and a four-person crew (Lieutenant Scott Daniels, Engineer Ryan Howlett, Firefighter Thomas Judy, and Firefighter Haskell Thompson) deployed to Darlington County on Wednesday, September 19th, where they maned a station and answered calls for 24 Hours. This allowed the Darlington County Fire Rescue personnel the opportunity to rest and assess their own homes and property for damage.
Lowcountry Incident Management Team
Members of Team Dorchester County also deployed with the Lowcountry Incident Management Team (IMT) on Wednesday, September 19th. The team was originally deployed to Dillon County but has since been reassigned to assist with response and recovery efforts in Horry County.
Dorchester County Fire Rescue Training Section Chief, Shaun Gadsden, is providing planning and logistical assistance and overseeing the check-in and demobilization process for mutual aid resources.
Ian Purcell, GIS Analyst with the Dorchester County Emergency Management Department is also assisting with planning & logistics by producing maps, analyzing data, and helping to improve the operational picture for the agencies the team is supporting.
Full-time Summerville Fire Rescue team member and Part-time Dorchester County Fire Rescue team member, Tony Failla is the Team Leader for the Incident Management Team. Failla is serving as the Situation Unit Leader.
Clay Lucas, with Jasper County, is also deployed with the IMT. Lucas is currently serving as the Planning Section Chief.
In addition, Dorchester County also sent sandbag equipment that is being utilized at a public distribution site in Georgetown County.
Dorchester County’s Director of Emergency Management, Mario Formisano and Public Information Officer, Tiffany Norton are on standby for deployment.
Dorchester County Administrator, Jason L. Ward said, “Dorchester County has received help in its time of need and is happy to assist others.”