Local fire departments travel to help with Michael relief efforts

Local fire departments helping in Dothan

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Both the Birmingham and Hoover fire departments headed south Thursday to help out with relief efforts in Dothan.

It’s something that’s made possible through the Alabama mutual aid system.

The departments each took 16 first responders and equipment.

“At first light we were given maps and we’ve been out surveying the community, surveying the damage, doing damage assessment, checking for down power lines, trees blocking highways,” said Hoover Assistant Fire Chief Brandon Etheredge.

"When we had our tornadoes back several years ago, Dothan came up and helped us out. And that’s one of things we want to make sure that we want to pay back,” said Birmingham Assistant Fire Chief John Whitmer.

Evacuees Update

Several evacuees also left the Birmingham area on Thursday. However, many also remained behind waiting until it was safe for them to return.

One woman told us her family evacuated from southern Georgia. Her husband returned today and said the damage in their neighborhood was not significant.

"Just a couple of trees down. There was one small tree down in the area where our RV usually sits. There was a tree over a bridge little bit down from the campground, but really that was kind of it," said Michelle Herron, who evacuated earlier this week.

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