Orange County fire departments heading to Long Island
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ORANGE COUNTY, N.Y. -- Fire departments in Orange County have departed for areas on Long Island that were hardest hit by Sandy.
Four Orange County fire departments left for Nassau County Wednesday night from Central Valley Elementary School. Three engines, a ladder truck and 24 men are making the journey down state for a three day deployment.
These departments were requested through the state fire mutual aid plan to assist Long Island agencies in the storm damaged towns. The crews will help with anything from taking calls to aiding in rescue situations. They say after all the help Orange County received during Irene, they wanted to give back to those in a similar situation.
"Typically in major disasters like this such as Irene, Orange County was hit drastically during Irene. We were kind of on the other side where we received help from other counties very far north,” said Vini Tankasali, Orange County Fire Coordinator.
“So your returning the favor?” our photographer asked.
“Essentially yes,” Tankasali replied. “We are returning the favor for that."
Two other companies also left for Long Island Wednesday morning. They were from the West Point and Walden fire departments.