Teams usually associated with fighting wildfires are being coordinated in
More than 4500 members of an interagency wildland firefighting community have been mobilized by the Southern Area Coordination Center in
The Incident Management Teams, comprised of professionals from federal, state and local wildland fire organizations, have sent thousands of individuals trained to rapidly respond to catastrophic incidents.
“Our teams are accustomed to emergency situations and can apply the same knowledge to hurricane response that we use while responding to wildfires,” said Janet Anderson, Director for Fire and Aviation for the Southern Region of the USDA Forest Service in
For example, one of the first teams on the scene in
The Southern Area Coordination Center (SACC) is a key player in the National Incident Management System, developed to coordinate and provide support in emergency situations. SACC is the focal point for mobilizing resources such as aircraft, crews, equipment, and personnel in support of wildland fires and disaster relief efforts. The Center is one of 11 Geographic Area Coordination Centers throughout the
A link to a map with resources mobilized for the hurricane response of the wildland firefighting community hurricane response is located at: http://gacc.nifc.gov/sacc/predictive/intelligence/Resource_Map.pdf.
REPORTERS: Interviews with team members and key personnel can be arranged by calling the contact numbers listed above.