Manteca Emergency Response Arrives in Florida
Disaster relief teams are mobilizing from across the country to help victims of Florida’s back-to-back hurricanes, including a group of volunteers from Manteca. Steve Milne reports.
Wednesday, September 8, 2004
Members of Manteca’s Community Emergency Response Team just arrived in Florida after two days of orientation in Georgia. Manteca City spokesman Rex Osborn says they’re eager to get to work. They’re excited to go out there and help and there are people that are I’m sure going to be excited to see them. Team members are trained in light search and rescue, first aid and fire suppression. Osborn says they come from all walks of life. We have an independent school teacher, a professional photographer, so we really have a good cross section…and a baker’s going back. The six-person team will be working under the guidance of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. They’re going to go out into the effected areas, gather information about the damage, who needs special assistance and forward to the FEMA controllers to help them best decide what resources to send. Their tour-of-duty lasts two-weeks. Steve Milne - KXJZ news.