Fort Myers Fire Department deploys to FL Panhandle
FMFD joins regional departments in emergency response
FORT MYERS, FL (October 11, 2018) – In response to the State’s emergency response plan, the Fort Myers Fire Department has deployed an engine company with one captain and three firefighters to the Florida Panhandle. The FMFD has joined engines from Estero, San Carlos Park, Bonita Springs, Cape Coral, and Charlotte County as Engine Strike Team 603 to aid in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael.
The strike team deployed from the Lee County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) on Oct. 10 enroute to the Florida State Fire College in Ocala. The same strike team left the State Fire College and drove to the Panhandle region to arrive by daybreak on Oct. 11. At this point, the deployment is estimated to last from seven to 10 days.
The Fort Myers Fire Department’s deployment is a part of the Florida Fire Chiefs’ Association’s SERP (State Emergency Response Plan) that was created after Hurricane Andrew in 1992. The purpose is to provide coordinated inter-agency disaster management to assist the citizens of communities when disaster occurs.
For more information about this effort, please contact the City’s Emergency Manager Jordan Guido at (239) 321-7318.