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More responders travel to Gulf

BRECKENRIDGE – Another handful of Summit County emergency responders are preparing to travel to the Gulf Coast for relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.Lake Dillon Fire Authority Assistant Chief Bruce Farrell and Jaci Marie Louise from 911 solutions will be deployed in the next few days to replace a three-person team sent out earlier this month, said Sheriff’s Sgt. Jonathan Comyn, the county’s emergency manager.John Agnew from Summit County Rescue Group and Ed Parry and Kim Campbell from Summit County Ambulance will be returning upon the new group’s arrival.The teams are part of the county’s Type 3 incident management team, which is made up of about nine emergency responders from Summit County and nine from Eagle County. The team is on the state’s list of those available to be called up.Another team will be activated around the middle of the month and Comyn expects to be deployed on Oct. 21 with Joel Cochran, a locally based coordinator for the Colorado Division of Emergency Management. Cochran previously worked out of the command center in Baton Rouge in the days after Hurricane Katrina hit landfall.Two Red, White and Blue firefighters have also joined the relief efforts separate from the incident management team.Firefighter and hazardous materials technician Lt. Kris Lasswell and firefighter paramedic Steve Webster were one of 1,000 two-person teams called up by FEMA earlier this month.The team was sent to South Carolina for up to a 30-day mission after receiving FEMA credentials and completing a one-day training course.As of last week, they were stationed at the Columbia evacuee camp at the University of South Carolina at Columbia, said Red, White and Blue Lt. Mike Roll, who has kept in communication with his colleagues during their assignment.”Right now, it’s a lot of community relations,” Roll said of Lasswell’s and Webster’s work in South Carolina. “They’re helping people get in touch with the right FEMA people for help … they’re just directing phone traffic.”The two are also on-hand for any medical problems that could arise at the camp.Dillon Police Sgt. and Deputy Coroner Wendy Kipple has been in the Gulf Coast since Sept. 1 serving with the Disaster Mortuary Operations Recovery Team.


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