Vt. Swift Water Rescue Team deploying to NC

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WATERBURY — Vermont's swift water rescue team is deploying members to North Carolina to assist in the response to Hurricane Florence. Vermont Task Force 1 Swift Water Rescue Team will perform evacuations and rescues in flooded areas.

The deployment is through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact at the request of the North Carolina Division of Emergency Management. The mission will last 10 days and the team will be staged in Raleigh, N.C. The team is comprised of responders from the Vermont Division of Fire Safety, Burlington Fire Department, Hartford Fire Department, Lebanon (NH) Fire Department, Rutland Fire Department, Springfield Fire Department and Williston Fire Department.

"This is going to be a strong storm and our fellow Americans need our support, so I greatly appreciate the members of our swift water rescue team stepping up to help in this way," Governor Phil Scott said. "On behalf of all Vermonters, I wish them a successful mission and safe return — we'll be thinking of them, and all those who will be impacted by this storm."

The team was scheduled to leave at 8 a.m. Tuesday from Colchester Technical Rescue. The responders heading for North Carolina are a portion of Vermont's swift water personnel. There will be sufficient coverage for the state, should there be a need.

This deployment is in addition to an Advance Team (A-Team) member deployed to assist Hawaii in the ongoing response to damage caused by volcanic eruptions.

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