Air Station Traverse City aircrew deploys for Hurricane Irene response

9th Coast Guard District NewsCLEVELAND — Four Coast Guardsmen currently assigned to Air Station Traverse City, Mich., deployed to Columbia, S.C., Friday morning in preparation for Hurricane Irene emergency response.

The Traverse City aircrew, along with other Coast Guard crews from around the country are mobilizing to augment local units as they prepare to conduct possible search and rescue; overflights to assess possible pollution spills or damage to waterside structures, assess any damage to ports and waterways; and otherwise assist as needed following Hurricane Irene’s impact along the U.S. eastern seaboard.

“Our aircrews are trained for hurricane response and are highly proficient in conducting search and rescue” said Cmdr. Joseph Buzzella, commanding officer of Air Station Traverse City. “We’re always ready to respond when called upon – anywhere, anytime.”

Before mobilizing local units for this or any deployment, the Coast Guard conducts a comprehensive risk assessment to ensure that the deployment will not impact local Great Lakes response capabilities.

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