Team Jasper deploys Tanker Strike Team for hurricane recovery efforts

    Team Jasper deploys Tanker Strike Team for hurricane recovery efforts. (Ridgeland Fire Department)

    Local fire departments left early Monday morning for Horry County to help with hurricane recovery efforts in South Carolina.

    Team Jasper consists of the Ridgeland Fire Department, Jasper County Fire-Rescue, Hardeeville Fire Department, and Levy Fire Department have all sent crews and equipment.

    Officials said those crews include one firefighter and tanker from Ridgeland Fire, three firefighters and tanks from Jasper County Fire-Rescue, one firefighter and tanker from Levy, as well as four firefighters and a command vehicle from the Hardeeville Fire Department.

    They are expected to remain deployed for seven to ten days and will be stationed at various fire stations throughout Horry County.

    The South Carolina State Firefighter Mobilization requested this assistance. They coordinate mutual-aid responses in severe incidents like the damage caused by Hurricane Florence.

    “Our state has a grand tradition of helping each other in times of need, and we are glad to serve our neighbors in Horry County,” said Ridgeland Mayor Joey Malphrus.

    The 2,000-gallon water tankers, manned by two firefighters, will assist Horry County Fire-Rescue with performing firefighting and rescue duties until their critical infrastructure is restored.

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