FDNY firefighters in town to help with disaster relief

Published: Oct. 20, 2015 at 10:01 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 20, 2015 at 11:07 PM EDT
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HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - As the flood waters recede, disaster response teams are finally able to reach more people. This week, some of those teams are here all the way from New York.

"What we've been told is that these areas because the waters have been high, we're the first agencies that have come in here," said Douglas Bainton, chairman of D.A.R.T.

FDNY's Disaster Assistance Response Team, or D.A.R.T., consists of active and retired firefighters who go around the country responding to disasters for the American Red Cross. The active firefighters donate their vacation time for the cause.

"This is what we do. We help people for a living," Bainton said. "It doesn't stop when the paycheck stops."

New York City firefighters were out in Lees Landing bringing supplies directly to people's homes and assessing damage for the American Red Cross.

"These folks here are going to be suffering as bad as they may have ever suffered," Bainton said. "We want to do what we can to help them."

A 13-person crew arrived in Horry County Tuesday after spending a week giving out supplies at distribution centers around Columbia.

The firefighters plan to spend more time in Lees Landing Wednesday then make their way to neighborhoods like Savannah Bluff and Pitch Landing as those areas become more accessible. They plan to help in Andrews later this week as well.

Anyone looking for more information about local disaster assistance can call 211.

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