DORAL (CBSMiami) — Assistance by the truckload left Miami-Dade Fire Rescue’s station in Doral Friday to help those in need in the Florida Keys during Irma recovery efforts.
The trucks were packed with supplies as Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, and even some members from the Fire Department of New York, chipped in.
Water in the Florida Keys is not safe to drink or cook with. They are under a boil water notice but since there is no electricity, they can’t even boil that water.
Friday’s convoy joins a group of Miami-Dade officers, Broward Sheriff’s deputies and Fire Rescue workers who are already in the Keys.
On Wednesday, 19 Miami-Dade Police officers left Doral to help deputies in the Keys deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. The Broward Sheriff’s Office also sent help, deploying its Communication on Wheels to Monroe County. A team of eight BSO specialists are setting up a mobile communication center that will allow first responders to coordinate their relief efforts.
The City of Sweetwater lent a helping hand, as well. Sweetwater Police and city employees loaded up supplies and were joined by Mayor Orlando Lopez. The truck contained donated items like water, clothing, non-perishable foods, mattresses blankets, towels, and other items. They also took 150 sandwiches to first responders.