Tupelo sends firefighters to East Coast

Three Tupelo firefighters and two boats are meeting with Task Force 1 today in Jackson, Tenn., and heading to Virginia to assist first-responders in the wake of Hurricane Florence.

Posted: Sep 12, 2018 9:16 AM
Updated: Sep 12, 2018 12:30 PM

TUPELO, Miss. (Press Release) – Three Tupelo firefighters and two boats are meeting with Task Force 1 today in Jackson, Tenn., and heading to Virginia to assist first-responders in the wake of Hurricane Florence.

“We will never forget the relief we had after the tornado of 2014 when crews from all over the country came to our aid,” said Mayor Jason Shelton. “We are proud to be able to assist others in their time of need. We ask that you keep those in harm’s way, as well as our brave firefighters who are there to help, in your thoughts and prayers during this time of disaster.”

Capts. Brad Robinson, Terry Robinson and Jesse Cook departed Tupelo about 2 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon. They are expected to be stationed somewhere in Virginia for possible flooding and swift water rescue.

“This is not unusual. This is what we train for, and we are honored to be called upon to help save lives,” said Tupelo Fire Chief Thomas Walker.

Forecasters say Hurricane Florence is expected to ram into the Carolinas and Virginia late Thursday and into Friday with life-threatening storm surge, destructive winds, and potentially catastrophic inland rainfall flooding.

Less than a week ago, Capt. Brad Robinson and Sgt. Chad Blankenship reported to the Gulf Coast region as Hurricane Gordon lashed the area west of the Alabama-Mississippi border. The storm claimed one victim, a child, when a tree fell on top of a mobile home in Pensacola.

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