Update: More Lakeland Firefighters Sent to Relieve USAR Team
Lakeland, FL (October 17, 2018) | Six Lakeland Fire Department (LFD) Urban Search and Rescue Team (USAR) Technical Rescue Team 421 (TRT 421) members have been deployed in the Florida panhandle since October 10, 2018 assisting in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael.
They have been working every day since deployed, on 12-hour shift rotations. They have assisted in the panhandle with search and rescue operations and serving as the responding fire department in towns like Mexico Beach due to the town’s regular fire department being non-operational with no available responders.
Six additional members from the LFD TRT 421 team left Lakeland at approximately 6:30 AM Wednesday, October 17, 2018 to relieve the afore mentioned rescuers of their duties and allow them to return to Lakeland to rest and recover. Once the new team members arrive they will relieve the original team members of their duties and those first responders will able to return home. They are anticipated to arrive back in Lakeland, at Fire Station 1 located at 701 E Main Street at approximately 9:30 PM on Wednesday, October 17, 2018.
The department’s USAR Coordinator and Training Captain, Matt Brown, has been sent to Tallahassee to help at the State of Florida’s Emergency Operations Center on the Gold Incident Management Team (IMT) as the Division Group Leader for the Engine Strike Teams, Technical Rescue, and Ambulance Strike Teams.
Photos of the team and the work they are doing are available at our Facebook page.