GOVERNOR CUOMO DEPLOYS NATIONAL GUARD AND STATE SEARCH AND RESCUE TEAMS TO ASSIST IN RESPONSE TO HURRICANE IRMA
124 Airmen, Aircraft and Boats Deploying to the U.S. Virgin Islands
35 Members from Specially Trained Task Force Equipped for Urban Search and Rescue Will Head to Florida
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that 124 Airmen from the 106th Rescue Wing of the New York Air National Guard will deploy to U.S. Virgin Islands to assist in the response to Hurricane Irma. The team is expected to depart from Gabreski Air National Guard Base in Westhampton Beach this afternoon. Additionally, the Governor is deploying Task Force 2 (NYTF-2), a specialized team of first responders and equipment skilled in structural collapse rescue, excavation emergencies, technical rope rescues, confined space rescue, and other specialized rescues to Florida.
The 106th Rescue Wing is deploying three HH-60 Pave Hawk rescue helicopters, and two HC-130 search and rescue aircraft and three Zodiac inflatable rescue boats. The mission personnel include rescue teams, maintenance and support staff, and aircrews. The 106th Rescue Wing Team will be based at the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport on St. Croix and provide search and rescue support on the islands of to St. Thomas and St John's.
The team from the 106th Rescue Wing will be transported south aboard two C-17 aircraft from the New York Air National Guard's 105th Airlift Wing. The wing is based at Stewart Air National Guard Base outside Newburgh. Twelve Airmen from the 105th Airlift Wing will man those two aircraft.
NYTF-2 Urban Search and Rescue Team will head to the State of Florida in support of Florida Emergency Services as they prepare and respond to the impacts of Hurricane Irma upon that State. NYTF-2 is a 35-member, state level, Type 3, Urban Search and Rescue team with water rescue capabilities. The team will depart at 5 p.m. today, Thursday, September 7 from our Guilderland, NY Special Operations Facility.
NYTF-2 is administered and operated by the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Office of Fire Prevention and Control. NYTF-2 consists of personnel from OFPC and several local fire and rescue agencies. The additional local agencies represented for this deployment are as follows:
Bethlehem Emergency Medical Services, Albany County
Slingerlands Fire Department, Albany County
Troy Fire Department, Rensselaer County
Greenport Fire Department, Columbia County
Albany Fire Department, Albany County
Newburgh Fire Department, Orange County
Schenectady Fire Department, Schenectady County
Coxsackie Hose Company #3, Greene County
Arlington Fire Department, Dutchess County
Saratoga Springs Fire Department, Saratoga County
Poestenkill Fire Department, Rensselaer County
Along with various support and personnel transport vehicles, NYTF-2 will be deploying with six boats for water rescue operations, two tractor trailers with equipment needed for urban search and rescue missions including collapse rescue operations, and two disaster search K-9 teams.