Sandy

Montana firefighters, incident commanders joining superstorm Sandy cleanup

2012-11-02T21:15:00Z 2012-12-07T18:51:23Z Montana firefighters, incident commanders joining superstorm Sandy cleanupBy ROB CHANEY of the Missoulian missoulian.com
November 02, 2012 9:15 pm  • 

One season-ending event is another season-starting crisis, as Montana wildland firefighters and incident commanders leave the West’s forests for East Coast storm duty.

“Sawyer teams are in high demand,” U.S. Forest Service spokesman Phil Salmon said of the communities devastated by Superstorm Sandy. “They need lots of chain saws out there, to cut through broken telephone poles, fallen trees and debris so emergency responders can get through.”

On Saturday morning, at least half a dozen crews will board jets bound for Harrisburg, Pa. Most of them will be deployed in New Jersey.

The teams include 20-person firefighting crews from the Blackfeet and Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribes, Helena National Forest, Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, and Idaho Panhandle National Forest, as well as an 11-person interagency incident command team. Another group of Forest Service buying teams left two days ago to start acquiring the fuel, food and other supplies needed by large camps of disaster assistance workers.

The Montana Conservation Corps deployed about 40 of its AmeriCorps volunteers on a 30-day disaster response mission, according to MCC president Jono McKinney. The volunteers will work with Federal Emergency Management Agency staff to clear debris, move sand, distribute food, coordinate other volunteers and support relief efforts.

“This is an all-hands-on-deck scenario and AmeriCorps members are uniquely suited to provide immediate assistance,” Missoula-based MCC regional program coordinator Mario Collucci said in an email. “They have a level of efficiency and skills that make them a great resource to bring stability and aid to the beleaguered people affected by Hurricane Sandy.”

Reporter Rob Chaney can be reached at 523-5382 or at rchaney@missoulian.com.

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(4) Comments

  1. teapartiesareforlittlegirlswithnofriends
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    teapartiesareforlittlegirlswithnofriends - November 03, 2012 7:48 pm
    hellsgatenights,

    who is financing this trip? you are, that is correct...you know who else is...the firefighters who also pay their taxes...soooo not just you (i guess it's all about YOU all the time right? not about the people who are trying to help people who lost family/homes....POOR you!)

    And your comment "of course 3 of these guys will SOMEHOW get injured" well if it makes you feel good a firefighter died in Connecticut trying to cut down a snagged-up tree...guess he doesn't deserve any work comp either right? And your last comment about insider "demorats" makes it clear who you really are...you are a teabag..you are a shut-in, hermit t*rd who has no concept of what sacrifices people make for others because you are only interested in yourself and your own sense of victim-hood... now if you will excuse me, I have to finish packing and saying what could be my last goodbye to my family to go help others. Enjoy your miserable, self centered life.
  2. Kahlotus
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    Kahlotus - November 03, 2012 5:17 pm
    But you've got no problem with the tax payers of NY and NJ paying a good portion of the highways that run through MT.
  3. Tim Huffman
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    Tim Huffman - November 03, 2012 11:16 am
    Some people are jerks.
  4. hellgatenights
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    hellgatenights - November 03, 2012 12:29 am
    NO.....bad idea......who is financing this road trip to sin city? Me....that's who. My sky high property taxes are paying for this.......and I do NOT approve.

    Of course ....3 of these guys will somehow get injured and require to go on work comp for a year.

    NY and NJ have alot of MONEY.........they can fight their own battles. Let us not forget it is WALL STREET that has tanked the entire country (except for some insider demorats).
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