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Victims of Superstorm Sandy Get Experienced Metro West Fire Rescuers

Rescuers from Wildwood-based Metro West Fire Protection District headed to the East Coast as of 10 hours ago.

Four members of the Metro West Fire Protection District deployed at approximately 10 p.m. Monday to meet up with other members of Missouri Task Force 1 being sent to help with East Coast storm-related problems. Metro West rescuers headed to assist with Superstorm Sandy impacts include Battalion Chief John Bradley, Captain Jim Silvernail, Captain Brian Zaitz, and Captain Steve Heidbreder.

The Wildwood-based team members then deployed at 1 a.m. on Tuesday from Columbia, MO, as part of Task Force 1 team that includes 80 personnel and 100,000-plus pounds of equipment. They will be deployed for up to 14 days.

See Eureka-Wildwood Patch article published earlier this morning for more background:

Metro West Chief Vincent Loyal said it is amazing to see the dedication of the staff to help those in need both locally and around the country. 

"This is an incredibly tragic disaster, but, I am confident that our rescuers will utilize their specialty training and skills to save lives," he said.

Julie Brown Patton October 31, 2012 at 12:09 PM
Task force members are at McGuire Air base in New Jersey. They arrived about 2 a.m last night, reports West County EMS & Fire Protection District Chief Ernie Rhodes on Wednesday morning.

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