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Fire Crews Dispatched To East Coast

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Through much of the summer, fire crews from across the nation poured into Wyoming and neighboring states to help suppress one of the worst fire seasons on record.  Now, some of those same crews are being mobilized to travel to the East Coast to assist with response to Hurricane Sandy.  Assistant Operations Director for the National Interagency Fire Center Steve Gage explains the crews not only bring personnel that can help with downed trees and emergency medical facilities, but organization as well.  Gage says they bring the incident command system which is part of the national incident management system, which in turn is part of the national response framework.  “In other words,” Gage adds, “we bring organization to chaos in many areas.” According to NIFC, the in Boise, six incident management teams and 11 wildfire suppression crews making a total of 250 personnel are already in or are en-route to New York, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts.  In the Greater Yellowstone region, several crews have been listed as available for deployment, but have not yet been tapped for duty.

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