Biloxi and New Sharon Fire Department teaming up
We’ve reported on numerous groups from the Gulf Coast looking to lend a helping hand to those affected by Harvey, but our next story starts with a group that came to the Coast way back in 2005.
When Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Mississippi Gulf Coast, one group made a 950 mile trip from Iowa to offer support to the Biloxi Fire Department. Ever since they showed up in Biloxi in the days after Katrina, the New Sharon Fire Department and Rescue Team and local firefighters have remained friends and regularly travel together to bring relief to areas impacted by disaster. Biloxi Fire Deputy Chief John Jennings said, “It just meant everything when you have nothing for so long and so that started a relationship that we’ve kept for the last 12 years. New York after Hurricane Sandy, Oklahoma to help with tornado relief, Louisiana last summer, so they’re always looking to travel and we’re always looking to tag along with them. Now when something happens, it’s not so much a question of if we’re going, but when we are going.”
Biloxi and New Sharon’s relief teams are planning to meet up in Texas sometime mid-September to join in on the recovery effort.