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Oregon team heads to Fla. for Hurricane Michael response


The Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal, through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, is working with Oregon’s Office of Emergency Management to support a request from the Florida Division of Emergency Management for All-Hazards Incident Management Teams to support the response to Hurricane Michael.

The OSFM Green IMT, led by Chief Les Hallman, will depart Oregon on Wednesday. The team will work 14 days and plans to return to Oregon on Oct. 25.

Hallman, the Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue fire chief, is a native Floridian and previous Florida state fire marshal. His experience and expertise will be invaluable as he leads his team to assist in the recovery efforts of his home state, officials said.

At this time, no specific work site in Florida has been determined, as state officials are working on preparation for the response. However, it is likely they will be working in the field with one of the affected counties.

“We wish success to the team and will keep Florida in our thoughts as they prepare for this storm,” The Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Office news release concluded.

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