September 09, 2005
Career staff members Jim Hill, John Goucher, Dave Breitkreutz, and Mike Moyer are members of the two teams that left early Wednesday morning.
The volunteer fire fighter contingent awaiting approval are FF/EMT Amanda Grosdidier and FF/EMT Tracy Strickland. Terry Roberts and Tracy Mettler
are standing by as the third career team.
Photographs courtesy Ketchikan Fire Department
FEMA pays the teams' regular salary and benefits during the 30-day "community relations deployment activation". The teams will be working in support of the disaster relief effort rather than as operational firefighters said Leipfert.
Public Safety Direct Leipfert said, "The two teams that have left are made up of career staff from the department, but there is a volunteer fire fighter contingent awaiting approval to respond to the incident also."
The first two teams to go include
Jim Hill, John Goucher, Dave Breitkreutz and Mike Moyer, said
Terry Roberts and Tracy Mettler have volunteered and are standing by to go as a third career team in the event additional personnel are required after the first teams return, he said.
Leipfert said, "This deployment is truly a city-wide effort from a variety of areas: Firefighters career and volunteer deploying as well as those remaining to provide continued protection for the community. The City manager approving the deployment to assist the disaster stricken area. The community members providing support to the families and loved ones left behind by the deployed members."
"All of these components
coming together to support others in need are commendable,"
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