SARASOTA- First responders from the Suncoast are lending a helping hand in the midst of the disaster and devastation Hurricane Michael brings to Florida’s panhandle.
34 personnel from Sarasota County, City of Venice, and North Port Fire Departments head to Ocala Wednesday night, taking 5 fire trucks and 5 ambulances.
From there, crews will be deployed at midnight to assistance missions across the panhandle.
These men and women are working through FEMA, but they did volunteer to help on this mission.
“If we have an emergency, here in Sarasota County, we’re going to be asking for help. So when any of our neighbors in the state of Florida, or even outside of it, such as Florence, when we were called to North Carolina, we’re going to go do that assistance because you never know when we’re going to need that help as well. So helping the neighbor, will help us in the future,” Fire Chief Michael Reginer, from Sarasota County Fire Department.
The deployment is for 7 to 10 days, if assistance is needed for longer, this crew will return and departments will dispatch additional personnel.