Nacogdoches Fire & Rescue chief heads to relieve Joplin residents

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Nacogdoches Press Release

Nacogdoches Fire & Rescue Captain Robert Ford left Monday as part of the State of Texas response to the recent tornado in Joplin, Missouri. Ford and a representative of the Texas Forest Service will work at the State Operations Center in Jefferson City providing logistics and resource support.

The Missouri State Emergency Management Agency requested the assistance from TExas through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact. All costs associated with the deployment will be reimbursed by the State of Texas and ultimately the State of Missouri.

The Joplin tornado was described as half a mile wide and tracked the ground for 4 miles damaging residences, buildings and a hospital according to SEMA. As of Monday, 113 deceased people had been identified according to the SEMA website.

Ford is regularly assigned to the Fire Marshal's Office and works as part of the local emergency management team. Ford has previously deployed several times in response to hurricanes and other events and as part of the Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System. According to Paul Hannemann, department head for Emergency Response, "Robert has excelled in logistics on previous in-state assignments and we knew he would do a great job."

According to Nacogdoches Fire Chief Keith Kiplinger, "in addition to helping others, deploying to other parts of Texas or even other states provides an unparalleled training opportunity to our firefighters."

For additional information about Ford's response or deployments by Nacogdoches Fire & Rescue, contact Division Chief Del Birdwell at 936-559-2541.

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