Date: Thursday, November 8, 2012
Incident Commander: Bob Fry, Northern Rockies Western Montana Type-2 IMT
Assignment: Bob Fry’s Incident Management Team (IMT) and several Montana-based fire crews were dispatched to the east coast on Saturday, November 3rd to assist local government resources in response to Superstorm Sandy, primarily assisting with saw work along roadways and other priority areas. With the onset of winter storm ‘Athena,’ which moved into the area Wednesday night and left nearly a foot of snow in its wake, crews are needed to help with those clean-up activities, as well. Currently, seventeen crews are assigned to this IMT to work across eight counties in the area for clean-up and saw work. Of those 17 crews nine crews are from the Northern Rockies Region. They include: Blackfeet #1, Helena Interagency, Mission Valley, Idaho Panhandle #10, Flathead Interagency, Grangeville Interagency #1, Kootenai #1, Lolo Regulars #1, and Gallatin Regulars.
Due to ‘Athena’ many areas and households are again out of power. The Team’s incident command post (ICP) is currently located at the Glendola Fire Station in Wall, New Jersey; and the team is working on generator power. The team and crews are working closely with local government, the fire department and the Emergency Operation Center.
For more information on the Montana Team/Crew assignment, contact Pat McKelvey at 406-459-8225.