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Tampa Bay area first responders deploy to help after Hurricane Ian

More than 70 first responders from the Tampa Bay area have deployed to southwest Florida or will be going soon.
Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister speaks to reporters during a security briefing at the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office last month in Tampa. The sheriff's office was one of several local agencies to send help to southwest Florida after Hurricane Ian.
Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister speaks to reporters during a security briefing at the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office last month in Tampa. The sheriff's office was one of several local agencies to send help to southwest Florida after Hurricane Ian. [ JEFFEREE WOO | Times ]
Published Oct. 3|Updated Oct. 3

Several crews from Tampa Bay-area police and fire rescue departments have been sent or are planning to deploy to southwest Florida to assist in the clean-up and recovery effort after destructive Hurricane Ian hit last week.

On Friday, the Tampa Police Department and Tampa Fire Rescue sent 55 first responders to North Port, which has faced significant flooding. The deployment is comprised of 40 police officers and 15 firefighters, according to a statement from the Police Department.

Tampa police said the crew would be in North Port for a week then would be replaced with a second unit if help still is needed.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office announced Friday it would deploy its Special Incident Response Team, and Sheriff Chad Chronister tweeted Monday that the office also would send four boats.

More than 30 deputies from Hillsborough County traveled.

Additionally, two firefighter/paramedics from Treasure Island were deployed last week, and the St. Petersburg Police Department announced Monday that it will send 24 officers to North Port on Tuesday.

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