There was a smoke explosion at a structure fire Sunday afternoon in Harrison, New Jersey. According to FirefighterCloseCalls, there were injuries but all are reported to be stable. The image above is a screen grab from the very impressive video below.
The Eastern Area Coordination Center reports that 1,125 people are assigned to incidents in the Eastern Geographic Area, however some of those may be working on incidents unrelated to Hurricane Sandy. But this number does include 11 incident management teams and 41 crews of firefighters that are assigned to hurricane recovery.
- Quesinberry: Is assigned to provide support to Nassau County, NY.
- Kleinman: Is supporting development and management of staging areas in New York City.
- Hahnenberg: Is assigned to the Office of Emergency Management in Brooklyn, NY.
Two Type 1 Incident Management Teams are assigned:
- Wilder: Is managing road clearing operations throughout West Virginia.
- Opliger: Is managing a staging area at Fort Dix, NJ.
Six Type 2 Incident Management Teams are assigned:
- Pisarek: Is managing a mobilization, and receiving and distribution centers in Farmingdale, NY.
- Dueitt: Is assisting FEMA operations in the New York City area.
- Kollmeyer: Is assigned to provide support to Nassau County, NY.
- Graham: Is assigned to Charleston, WV.
- West: Is assigned to Charleston, WV.
- Fry: Is overseeing road clearing operations in New Jersey
Below is an interesting photo that the New York City Fire Department posted on their Facebook page showing most of the southern part of Manhattan blacked out due to the hurricane.
At least 11 Incident Management Teams and 22 hand crews are assigned in the eastern United States helping with the recovery from Hurricane Sandy. The numbers provided by various sources vary somewhat, and may be due to some of the resources not being dispatched through the National Interagency Coordination Center, such as an IMTeam from Maine that does not show up on the list below which is from the the Eastern Area Coordination Center. Click on the image to see a larger version.
The crews are working in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut.
The Missoulian has an article about more crews headed that way today.
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Since our report yesterday about the wildfire resources being sent to the east coast to assist with the recovery from the impacts of Hurricane Sandy, there has been an increase in the numbers heading east. Yesterday there were 2 Incident Management Teams and 7 crews or portions of crews being mobilized. Today 5 incident management teams and 11 wildfire suppression crews or portions of crews, for a total of more than 200 personnel, are ordered, staged in, or en route to New York, Washington, DC, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. One of the IMTeams is a National Incident Management Organization, or NIMO team. (We need to come up with a better name for these teams. “National Incident Management Organization Team” is almost as bad a term as “fire for resource benefits”.)
The firefighters ordered, en route, staged, or on scene include:
- Two interagency hotshot crews, one 20-person Type 2 wildfire suppression hand crew, one 10-person saw crew, and one short Type 2 incident management team (Pisarek) are staged at or en route to Republic Airport, Farmingdale, New York (Long Island). The IMTeam will be operating a supply depot.
- Two 20-person Type 2 wildfire suppression handcrews are enroute to Washington, DC. A short Type 2 incident management team has been ordered for Washington, DC.
- Three 20-person Type 2 wildfire suppression handcrews en route to Pennsylvania. A short Type 2 IMTeam has been ordered for Annville, Pennsylvania.
- The Southwest National Incident Management Organization team (Houseman) has been sent to Lakehurst, New Jersey. Dan Kleinman will be the Incident Commander.
- Two 20-person Type 2 wildfire suppression hand crews and one short Type 2 incident management team (Grant) staged at Fort Deven, Massachusetts.
I expect that as responders switch from rescue to recovery and are able to gain access to the impacted areas through blocked roads to access the damage, there will be increasing demands for crews and perhaps IMTeams.