Hurricane Irma has hit the U.S. Virgin Island and is headed towards Florida. Governor Andrew Cuomo has sent 124 airmen from the 106th Rescue Wing of the New York Air National Guard to the Virgin Islands to assist in response efforts.   They are deploying three HH-60 Pave Hawk rescue helicopters, and two HC-130 search and rescue aircrafts.  Plus, three Zodiac inflatable rescue boats.   The team will be based at St Henry E Rohlsen Airport on St Croix.  Search and Rescue support will be their primary mission for the islands of St Thomas and St John’s.  The crew were dispatched from the Steward Air National Guard Base in Newburgh.

Task Force 2, which is a specialized team of first responders and equipment will be dispatched to Florida.  This force is skilled in structural collapse rescue, excavation emergencies, technical rope rescues, confined space rescue and other specialized rescue situations.  New York Task Force 2, is a 35-member team, consisting of personnel from OFPC and local fire and rescue agencies in the state.  Including some local Hudson Valley departments.  Newburgh Fire Department, Coxsackie Hose Company #3, Greenport Fire Department and Arlington Fire Department.