Hoover Fire rescue team heading to Orange Beach to help

Hoover firefighters headed to coast

HOOVER, Ala. (WBRC) - Hoover Fire Department will deploy a Heavy Rescue Team of 15 people to the area of Orange Beach to help with Hurricane Sally response.

“We are headed down to the Orange Beach area to assist with search and rescue and after that we may get into building stabilization or any other needs they may need," Hoover Fire Captain Scott West said. “We are totally self-sufficient with food, shelter, water. We are prepared for three days and if we need to be there longer then we will be”

The team will leave from Hoover Fire Station 4 around 3:30 pm and may be deployed for up to 72 hours.

“We are always willing to help our neighbors," Hoover Fire Captain Scott West said. “We don’t have a whole lot of information right now, but we obviously know there is a flood problem."

The Hoover Heavy Rescue team is a part of Alabama Mutual Aid System (AMAS) and was requested by Alabama EMA.

“This is something they work really hard to do," West said. “This is something they want to do. No doubt they have some anxiety about what am I going to face when I get down there, but I think all of them are glad to be going.”

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