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FDNY Firefighter Group Headed To Florida As Hurricane Michael Batters State

October 10, 2018 - 5:49 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880/AP) -- As Hurricane Michael batters the Florida Panhandle, a group of active and retired FDNY firefighters are already making plans to head south to help.

As WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reported Wednesday, the FDNY’s Disaster Assistance Response Team returned from a two-week deployment to North Carolina fewer than two weeks ago.

Now, the team is preparing to go to Florida.

“We’ll be sending more messages out, gathering the list, confirming names, and all that, but I know for a fact that we’ll have at least 10 that will turn around and go right back out,” said Doug Bainton, president of the DART team.

The team is constantly mapping out a plan.

“But it may change three or four times between now and then, based on what the actual impact immediately in that area is,” Bainton said.

The group works for the Red Cross, and typically helps with supply distribution, among other things.

Michael made landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida as a Category 4 storm Wednesday afternoon, with 155 mph winds. It is the most powerful hurricane to hit the continental U.S. in nearly 50 years.