Milton Fire Department deploys team for hurricane assistance to Washington County

Published on October 11, 2018 with No Comments

Milton Fire Department deployed two fire fighters and an engine to Washington County Thursday morning to assist with damages from Hurricane Michael. Fire Chief John Reble said the ability to reciprocate is important.

Milton Fire Chief John E. Reble


“The citizens of Milton recognize the tremendous value of the assistance we received after Ivan. Although we’re limited in our capacity, we’re thrilled to be able to assist Washington County.”

Milton Fire Department was deployed as a part of a county strike team sent from Santa Rosa County. A strike team is a group of similar resources with a leader and typically, Reble said, consists of 4 engines with a leader. Included in the team from Milton is a fire fighter from Gulf Breeze to complete a team with a minimum of three people and an engine. The team from Santa Rosa County included: Pace Fire Department sending an engine and a team of 4 fire fighters; Midway with an engine and a team of 4 fire fighters; Navarre Beach a team of 3; Skyline Fire Department sent an engine, and the team from Milton,  completing the strike team.

Reble said although sending two people from MFD places the department at minimum staffing, he is happy to be able to send the team and the engine.

A photo of I-10 east bound from the dash of the team on their way to Washington County.

“For many years, the funding of fire apparatus replacement was placed within the city’s broader general fund budget and was a challenge. With the fire service fee, this was resolved. The council established a 10 year replacement cycle with 1 rescue and 3 engines in the service fleet. I’m happy we were able to send a good truck.”

He said when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, Louisiana and Gulf Port, Mississippi in 2005, Milton Fire Department didn’t have a reliable engine to send. ”

We didn’t have the depth in the fleet to afford the loss of a suitable truck during the deployment.”

Reble said the crew left at 5 a.m. Thursday morning.


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