Jason Deal, Moore County EMA Director, Critical Care Paramedic and Moore County EMA Critical Care Paramedic Dwayne Clark are among the multiple teams of Tennessee health care professionals that were deployed to Florida ahead of deadly Hurricane. “Fortunately, we have several people who have been through the Strike Team training and are prepared to go. Matter of fact, we had a lot more volunteers that wanted to go than we had positions to send. Region 6 Dept of Health EMS division, which is made up of 12 middle Tennessee counties, has multiple services that have trained their EMT and Paramedics for strike team deployments. The idea behind the strike team is for a group of EMS teams for multiple counties join forces to deploy in state or out of state at the request of TEMA,” Deal said. Deal and Clark are part of the five ambulance strike teams that departed from the Volunteer Air National Guard Armory in Chattanooga Friday. Nurse strike teams deployed to Florida on Saturday. The ambulance and nurse strike teams and incident management teams include Tennessee Department of Health employees and representatives from more than 20 city and county agencies and hospitals from across the state. These teams include paramedics, advanced emergency medical technicians and public health professionals. They have been working with local, state and federal officials in response to the record storm. “I am glad we can call upon Tennessee’s well-trained and dedicated emergency managers, first responders, and health professionals to help Florida through what could be a devastating disaster,” TEMA Director Patrick Sheehan said. “Effective emergency management is built on solid relationships, and our partnerships with local Þ re and emergency medical services agencies, and our state health officials, have made all the difference in putting together Tennessee’s Hurricane Irma response teams.” Tennessee’s Hurricane Irma team totals 151 members, including nurse strike teams, ambulance strike teams, search and rescue and others. All teams will base their operations out of Tallahassee, Fla. for an eight- to 14-day deployment. TEMA Tennessee Emergency Management Agency is coordinating the deployment. The Region 6 EMS team deployed from Moore Co Friday morning includes staff from Bedford, Coffee, Giles, Hickman, Lawrence, Lewis, Lincoln, Marshall, Maury, Moore, Perry and Wayne counties. Hurricane Irma made landfall as a Category 4 storm and is expected to impact Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.