Employees Part of Hurricane Irma Deployment
Four employees with the City of Brentwood are now in Florida and Georgia as part of groups deployed over the weekend to help following Hurricane Irma. Two Brentwood Fire and Rescue Personnel and the city’s Technology Director are assisting with rescue and communication efforts.
Brentwood City Manager Kirk Bednar said, “We are always willing to help when needed. With a volunteer spirit, we understand the importance of helping our neighbors in times of need.”
Brentwood Fire Battalion Chief Scott Ellis arrived in Tallahassee on Saturday and moved to Jacksonville with Task Force 2. Ellis said at one point, they were only driving 35 miles per hour on the interstate while traveling through the outer bands of Hurricane Irma. They spent the night near a strip mall in Jacksonville Sunday night and spent Monday making rescues. Ellis could be deployed up to two weeks. He just returned last week from Houston and helping Hurricane Harvey victims there. Battalion Chief Ellis will likely spend the next few days assisting with evacuations and notification of residents in flooded areas in San Marco and South Bank, just south of Jacksonville.
Brentwood Fire Lieutenant Jeff Pender is part of the TN-1 Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) staged in Atlanta. TN-1 is the Federal response arm of the Department of Health and Human Services. Brentwood firefighter Larry Ritchie is a member of the United States Coast Guard and is waiting for orders, which he anticipates receiving in the next 24 hours.
John Allman, who is the Director of Technology for the City of Brentwood, is helping with emergency management communications for the task force in Florida.