Hamilton, MT. – The Bitterroot and Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forests are sending a team of firefighters and other specialists to the Northeast to help with the recovery efforts from Hurricane Sandy. The team will leave Montana on Sunday and Monday and will meet up in Pennsylvania before heading to New York.
The 20-person crew has been requested by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and all members have special training in sawing and clearing large trees, many which have fallen on homes and power lines. The team is scheduled to be on assignment for two weeks.
This isn’t the first time that a team from the Bitterroot National Forest has been sent to help with recovery efforts from natural disasters. Crews assisted with the Hurricane Katrina recovery in 2005 and with the Space Shuttle Columbia accident recovery efforts in 2003.