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Oregon Fire Marshal sends hazard incident team to assist Floridians during catastrophic storm

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Hurricane Ian made landfall on Florida's southeastern coast Wednesday afternoon and is slowly raging north.

Thirteen members from the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s incident management teams are on their way to Florida to provide hazard response assistance as Hurricane Ian makes landfall and pushes northward.

Immediately after receiving a request for aid from the Florida Division of Emergency Management, the Fire Marshal’s office went to work. A team of thirteen members were assembled from fire agencies across the state including Eugene-Springfield Fire, Albany Fire and McKenzie Fire and Rescue.

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Kassie Keller is with the Office of State Fire Marshal and said the incident team will arrive in Tallahassee, then determine specific work sites impacted by the catastrophic storm. “Our incident management teams are All Hazard, so their training does reflect that,” she said. “They’re primarily fire, but they’re also trained in different disaster response- including hurricanes. And actually, many of these folks who are responding have been mobilized to a hurricane before.”

Hurricanes like Sandy, Michael and Katrina.

Keller said these specialists train year-round to respond to disasters and the moment their boots hit the ground, they will be ready to help in any way needed.

Here's a full list of IMT member agencies with team members from:
• Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue
• Eugene-Springfield Fire
• Grand Ronde Fire
• Portland Fire
• Sutherlin Fire
• Molalla Fire
• McKenzie Fire & Rescue
• Albany Fire
• Clackamas Co FD 1
• Marion Co FD 1
• Idanha-Detroit RFPD

Tiffany joined the KLCC News team in 2007. She studied journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia and has worked in a variety of media including television and daily print news. For KLCC, Tiffany reports on health care, social justice and local/regional news. She has won awards from Oregon Associated Press, PRNDI, and Education Writers Association.