Michigan Task Force 1 (MI-TF1)—a regional task force designed to provide incident-based support and rescue expertise and equipment—announced its deployment from Holly, Mich., on an 11-day mission to assist in the response to Hurricane Irma.
MI-TF1 deployed Ferndale Fire Department Lieutenant Ron Makowski and 44 other highly trained personnel from Sterling Heights, Southfield, Garden City, Groveland Twp, Oakland Twp., North Oakland Fire Authority, Bloomfield Twp, Independence Twp, Detroit, Northville Twp, Dexter Area Fire Authority, Canton, Dearborn, Ann Arbor, Shelby Twp, Walker, St Clair Shores, Livonia, Green Oaks, Eastpointe, and Summit Fire Department. They deployed on Sunday, Sept. 10, with 18 vehicles capable of surface water rescue, wide area searches, structural collapse, and canine and technical search.
MI-TF1 will stage in Jacksonville, Fla., before receiving their mission assignments to begin helping Florida residents.
MI-TF1 is sponsored by Michigan Mutual Aid Box Alarm System, which has worked closely with Michigan State Police Emergency Management Homeland Security Division for the first fire service out-of-state response under Emergency Management Assistance Compact.
“This truly has been a collaborative effort by federal, state, county, local, and public partners to make this deployment possible," said David McIntyre, MI-TF1 Program Manager. "Our members are highly trained and ready to serve the State of Florida as they deal with this catastrophic event.”
MI-TF1 has received grant funding from FEMA Homeland Security, Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI), and various counties and locals organizations. MI-TF1 members are local firefighters sponsored by their departments or private members that bring special skillsets. In addition to fire fighters trained in hazmat, technical rescue, and EMS, MI-TF1 deployed canine search specialists, heavy equipment operators, structural engineers, and medical doctors