FDNY Members Head to Carolinas to Help with Dorian Relief

WCBS (880) - September 07, 2019

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- The FDNY is sending two teams to North and South Carolina to help with the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian.

"We know how this runs, we have to be super flexible, things change at a moment's notice," Doug Bainton, president of the FDNY's Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART), told 11 active and retired firefighters at the Red Cross as they prepared for deployment.

The team is ready for anything.

"That's what our team does best. We take the situation as we see it, much they way we do as firefighters and we adapt to whatever it is that we find," Bainton said. "We are trained to deal with anything and deal with it fast."

New York Red Cross CEO Susan Rounds said they'll be facing unknown challenges.

"Are there roads and bridges washed out? How do we begin to deliver relief when the infrastructure itself is damaged," she said.

Lt. Rico Diaz hopes to bring comfort. As a firefighter, he sees the importance this everyday

"One of the things that can make it bearable is knowing that someone cares. That someone is there," Diaz said.

Miguel Moreno spent 23 years with the FDNY. He's now 69 and a member of DART.

"Because it comes from my heart to help peoplep who need a helping hand at times of disasters," he said,

The two-week deployment is part of a partnership with the Red Cross.

The teams will work on damage assessment and warehousing.

Earlier this week, 25 members of the department's Incident Management Team (IMT) traveled to Florida to help first responders in the Sunshine State with logistics, planning and personnel coordination.