Tennessee Army National Guard Assists in East Tennessee Wildfire Response

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 | 02:26pm

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - More than 120 Tennessee Army National Guard Soldiers will mobilize to East Tennessee later today to assist Sevier County Emergency Management personnel with transporting 1st responders, removing light debris, and assisting with welfare checks. 

Soldiers from units in Maryville, Pigeon Forge, Morristown, Newport, Greeneville, Lenoir City, Knoxville and Bristol will move to the Operations Center in Pigeon Forge to assist the Tennessee Highway Patrol with health and welfare checks, and local responders with debris removal and transportation throughout the affected area.

"The Tennessee National Guard is uniquely qualified to not only fight our nation's wars, but also to respond to emergency operations here at home," said Maj. Gen. Max Haston, Tennessee Adjutant General.  "We are working closely with the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, numerous other state agencies and the local responders in Sevier and surrounding counties to assist in whatever is required to save lives and property."

The Tennessee National Guard has been in the wildfire fight for several weeks providing local responders with UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters utilizing "Bambi Buckets" to fight fires in Southeastern Tennessee.

For additional information on the Tennessee National Guard's response, contact the Joint Public Affairs Office at 615-313-0793.