Chattahoochee Valley first responders deploy to assist with hurricane recovery

Auburn first responders deploy to assist with hurricane recovery

(WTVM) - As hundreds of thousands flee the approaching Hurricane Matthew and aftermath, some of the valley's bravest are running towards the danger.

Firefighters and EMTs from several communities in the area are headed to the East Coast to help with the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.

First responders from fire departments in Columbus, Opelika, Auburn, Fort Benning, and LaGrange along with the Marion County EMS will deploy Friday, Oct. 7 to help with recovery efforts.

We spoke with members of the Auburn Fire Department as they prepared to deploy.

"We do have trained specialty of water rescue so we have boats and all the guys are swift water and flood water trained so we do have that capability," said Chief John Lankford.

"We are pretty much an all hazards type team, we can do anything from structure collapse, we can do trench rescue, swift water flood water type rescue, confined space, we are just an all hazards type team," said Battalion Chief Josh Datnoff.
At this point, their exact deployment location is still up in the air and will depend on the storm's path.

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