This is not the first time the team has been deployed to national disasters.
As one of only a few accredited agencies in Ohio, Butler County’s Incident Management Team responded last year when Hurricane Irma came through Florida and when hurricanes Irene and Sandy hit the U.S. in 2011 and 2012, respectively.
For Irma, a 16-member team of fire and police personnel from Butler County aided relief efforts from the state’s main command post in Tallahassee and further south in the state’s hardest hit areas for two weeks.
The crew was ready to deploy to Virginia last month when Hurricane Florence pummeled the East Coast, but it never got the order to go after the storm took a turn south.
“You take the same mind set,” Ross Twp. Fire Chief Steve Miller said, comparing fire fighting to natural disaster response. “You’re there to help people in need and it’s basically what we do on a day-to-day basis. It really never changes.”