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Florida Sends Help To Other States To Deal With Natural Disasters, Including Harvey

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Governor Rick Scott's press office

Florida is helping several states deal with their natural disasters, including Hurricane Harvey.

Over the weekend, Governor Rick Scott deployed 25 Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers to help Texas with emergency assistance, after Hurricane Harvey.

And, Monday, Scott announced 37 additional FWC officers and 21 boats were already en route to Houston. And, about 60 more officers and 20 boats were expected to join them later.

Meanwhile, on top of the about 80 wildland firefighters deployed to western states over the last two months, 36 more Florida Forest firefighters have now been sent to help battle more than 60 wildfires.

Because they’re classified as firefighters with the Type 2 Incident Management Team, these firefighters undergo rigorous training to specialize in addressing complex national and state emergencies.

For more news updates, follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter: @SaschaCordner.

Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.