ST. PAUL, MN – In response to a request for assistance in the wake of Hurricane Dorian, Governor Tim Walz has authorized 15 ambulances and 36 first responders to travel to North Carolina as that state prepares for the intensifying storm (NWS Photo below).
North Carolina requested several ambulance teams from around the country to help. The request was made through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC).
“Minnesotans take pride in helping our neighbors in need. It’s my honor to answer North Carolina’s call for assistance,” said Governor Tim Walz. “My thoughts are with the people of North and South Carolina, Florida, the Bahamas, and other affected communities as they work to mitigate the effects of Hurricane Dorian and keep their communities safe through the storm.”
The Metro Region EMS System is leading the effort. The teams begin travelling to North Carolina this morning (Friday) and include representatives from the following agencies:
- Ringdahl EMS, Fergus Falls
- North Memorial
The 15 ambulances are divided into three teams. Each team consists of:
- Five ambulances
- Five paramedics
- Five emergency medical technicians
- a team leader and
- a logistics support leader
Each ambulance has a paramedic and an emergency medical technician on board.
North Carolina Emergency Management will direct the teams’ mission once they arrive in the state.