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News Release
Release Date: 10/30/2012 Release Time: 12:12 PM
Contact: B.Bock
Subject: Riverside Fire Department Responds to Hurricane Sandy
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On October 27, 2012, in preparation of Hurricane Sandy?s landing in the New England area, FEMA deployed City of Riverside Fire Department Division Chief Dave Lesh as the FEMA Red Incident Support Team (IST) Leader. Additionally, Captain Jeff Loveland was activated on October 29, 2012, for deployment to the New York area in support of the rescue efforts being conducted in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Division Chief Dave Lesh and Captain Jeff Loveland are members of a FEMA Incident Support Team that provides logistical and command support to the numerous agencies on scene of this disaster.
California Task Force 6 (CA-TF6) has also been placed on an Alert status by FEMA. Members of the team are currently in preparation to deploy to the East Coast if activated.

California Task Force 6 (CA-TF6) is a specially-trained and equipped Urban Search and Rescue Task Force consisting of firefighters and paramedics, rescue specialists, emergency room physicians, structural engineers, heavy equipment specialists, canine search dogs and handlers, hazardous materials technicians, communications specialists, and logistics specialists. This unique technical rescue team responds with 55,000 pounds of prepackaged search and rescue tools and medical equipment to conduct around-the-clock search and rescue operations at domestic and international disasters, both natural and man-made. The City of Riverside Fire Department is the sponsoring agency for CA-TF6. Participating agencies that provide firefighters in support of CA-TF6 include: Riverside County Fire/CAL Fire, Corona Fire Department, Hemet Fire Department, Murrieta Fire Department and Pechanga Fire Department.

For more information about California Task Force 6, visit the Department?s website at