Colorado emergency teams headed to Florida as Hurricane Irma makes landfall

Posted at 2:54 PM, Sep 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-10 16:54:55-04

DENVER – Several Colorado emergency crews are headed to Florida to support relief efforts as the strong Category 3 storm marches north through the state Sunday afternoon.

A total of 90 Colorado Task Force 1 (CO TF1) members have been deployed to Hurricane Irma, according to West Metro Fire Rescue spokesperson Ronda Scholting.

Of those 90, 86 are staging at the Albany, Georgia Marine Corp Logistics Base (MCLB), along with members of Arizona Task Force 1 – where they’re bunking down in the base gymnasium. Four CO TF1 members are in St. Augustine, Florida as part of the Incident Support Team (IST).

They will stay there until Irma moves past, and will be sent to where they are needed most to support relief efforts. But, Scholting said, those plans could change quickly, depending on the situation.

Two South Metro Fire Rescue members were deployed east, but are arriving in Valdosta, Ga., Sunday evening with the Colorado Incident Management Team. A total of 16 members were sent there Sunday morning.

The Colorado Emergency Management deployed four Emergency Operations Center Support Teams to Florida. They tweeted just after 2:30 p.m. Sunday their team had arrived safely to Orlando.