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  • Task Force 83?

    Just wondering if anyone else from task force 83 is back yet, Im home for a visit with my family and headed back down tomorrow.
    Doug Velting Jr
    President Cassville Volunteer Fire Co
    [email protected]
    www.cassvillefire.org
    Fire Exec .com

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    TF 83 here. I got back home on Oct. 5th. How are things?

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    • #3
      Task Force 83

      FYI............... Task Force 83 is no more. It was disbanded this weekend. Some of the members went home while others were transfered to Logistics. There has been no new assignmenets to Housing as yet. Happy Holidays to all.


      Da Chief

      Jim O'Neill, Chief
      Suwannee County Fire Dist.
      Live Oak, FL 32060
      Jim O'Neill, Chief
      Suwannee County Fire Dist's.
      19359 76th Street
      Live Oak, FL 32060

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      • #4
        Looks like we're all being "disbanded" in the next 2 weeks or so. My 120 is up first week of january, so im going to come home a week early to be home for Christmas. See ya'll on the 23rd sometime.
        Doug Velting Jr
        President Cassville Volunteer Fire Co
        [email protected]
        www.cassvillefire.org
        Fire Exec .com

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        • #5
          Looks like quite a few of us were extended, at least until april it seems. Im working in the Planning section now in the baton rouge JFO. See ya all when i get home.
          Doug Velting Jr
          President Cassville Volunteer Fire Co
          [email protected]
          www.cassvillefire.org
          Fire Exec .com

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          • #6
            Hey hows everyone doing? I am one of original TF 83 members. Is there anyway to get back down there with FEMA?

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            • #7
              What was TF 83

              Hey i was wondering what TF 83 was , I was down with FEMA but i got stuck in a DRC in St James Parish so i was wondering if i could get some more info about TF83 . thank you.

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              • #8
                Task Force 83 was a group of Community Relations/ Firefighters from all over the U.S. The initial TF was made up of appox. 120 people, we grew to just under 300 and then started to decline at a pretty rapid pace. We were deployed to Orleans Parish. You name it we did it for the most part. Community Relations, DRC, Sand Bags, Firefighting (until the bigwigs caught on), Building Inspections and damage assesment, Red Cross and Privatly sponsered food/cleaning supply banks, my group even did some evacuations. This was a great bunch of people to work with everyone seemed to be there for the same reasons and we all got along. The following Companies were part of TF 83:
                Penndel Fire, PA Cologne, NJ Highland Village, TX East Carnegie, ScottWinter, Walled Lake, Jefferson, Potter, Whiteford, Towns Co. Madisonville, Englewood, Ponder, Fairfield, Center, Holley, Goochland, Baxton, Snyder, Shiocton-Bovina, Conneaut, St. Bernard, Dalhi, Columbus, Golden Valley, Guil-Rand, Bonners Ferry, Upton, Maple Hill, Grand Marais, Durant, Holliston, Mesa, Long Beach, West Barnstable, Piperton, Willard, and Alvaton.
                We were both Vollies and Paid.

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                • #9
                  Willard,

                  Was that Willard missouri?

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                  • #10
                    I believe it was Willard, MO.

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                    • #11
                      I am going down to New Orleans this summer and was curious about any way to ride down there as EMT-B. Please let me know who to contact! I already have family to stay with in covington/mandeville

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                      • #12
                        Ya forgot Cassville Fire, from Jackson NJ, unless you were just referring to the original members before us guys from TF 90 joined 83. By the way, im finally home for good.
                        Doug Velting Jr
                        President Cassville Volunteer Fire Co
                        [email protected].com
                        www.cassvillefire.org
                        Fire Exec .com

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                        • #13
                          Task Force NOLA

                          Hello All,


                          Great to hear from you guys. I was not one of the "original" members of TF83 but because of circumstances beyond my, or anyone elses control, ended up in TF83 when I got to NOLA. When I left Atlanta I was the TF Commander of TF93 which, as most of us did, I believe, ended up in Baton Rouge before coming to New Orleans. We were originally slated to assume duties in one area of NO while the other TF's, such as 83, performed in other sections of the city. Rita changed a lot of that.


                          Once Rita came through and caused damage in other areas of LA and TX I ended up deploying part of TF93 to Shrevesport, another part to Eastern TX and some went to work in the JFO. The remainder of my people were deployed to New Orleans and became part of TF83. Myself, my son Jimbo and the rest of my team(s) worked whenever and wherever we were needed. I think the best times were at Mardi Gras World though. We spent over 6 weeks working there with Lily. Presently I am working Housing in Plaquemines Parish with some former members of TF83. We have George Smith and Kim Canarecci from Golden, CO, Tony Brooks from Edinboro, PA, Tim Wallace from VT, Kyle Olson from WA, Rick Cannatelli from NY and Chuck Mayer, a DAE who just started with us. My son Jimbo went home just before Xmas as did Jim Clarke and Terry Gammel just left to back to Boise, Idaho about 2 weeks ago.


                          NOW........... Since so many people here belonged to different Tf's before coming here to New Orleans and not wanting to slight anyone I started an e-mail group and titled it Task Force NOLA. That way anyone involved with our groups, Red Cross workers, National Guardsmen, etc. could keep in contact with each other. You an visit the group by going to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/taskforcenola/ or you can visit www.yahoogroups.com and do a search for "taskforcenola" (one word). You can also join by sending a blank e-mail to [email protected]oups.com


                          If you know of others who have served here in NOLA and have gone home please pass this info on to them. There WILL be planning on a reunion for all of the crews sometime in the future. Stay safe out there Brothers and Sisters. Yours..................

                          Da Chief
                          Jim O'Neill, Chief
                          Suwannee County Fire Dist's.
                          19359 76th Street
                          Live Oak, FL 32060

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by JIONEILL
                            Hello All,


                            Great to hear from you guys. I was not one of the "original" members of TF83 but because of circumstances beyond my, or anyone elses control, ended up in TF83 when I got to NOLA. When I left Atlanta I was the TF Commander of TF93 which, as most of us did, I believe, ended up in Baton Rouge before coming to New Orleans. We were originally slated to assume duties in one area of NO while the other TF's, such as 83, performed in other sections of the city. Rita changed a lot of that.


                            Once Rita came through and caused damage in other areas of LA and TX I ended up deploying part of TF93 to Shrevesport, another part to Eastern TX and some went to work in the JFO. The remainder of my people were deployed to New Orleans and became part of TF83. Myself, my son Jimbo and the rest of my team(s) worked whenever and wherever we were needed. I think the best times were at Mardi Gras World though. We spent over 6 weeks working there with Lily. Presently I am working Housing in Plaquemines Parish with some former members of TF83. We have George Smith and Kim Canarecci from Golden, CO, Tony Brooks from Edinboro, PA, Tim Wallace from VT, Kyle Olson from WA, Rick Cannatelli from NY and Chuck Mayer, a DAE who just started with us. My son Jimbo went home just before Xmas as did Jim Clarke and Terry Gammel just left to back to Boise, Idaho about 2 weeks ago.


                            NOW........... Since so many people here belonged to different Tf's before coming here to New Orleans and not wanting to slight anyone I started an e-mail group and titled it Task Force NOLA. That way anyone involved with our groups, Red Cross workers, National Guardsmen, etc. could keep in contact with each other. You an visit the group by going to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/taskforcenola/ or you can visit www.yahoogroups.com and do a search for "taskforcenola" (one word). You can also join by sending a blank e-mail to [email protected]


                            If you know of others who have served here in NOLA and have gone home please pass this info on to them. There WILL be planning on a reunion for all of the crews sometime in the future. Stay safe out there Brothers and Sisters. Yours..................

                            Da Chief
                            What's your name if you don't mind me asking? My name is Jack Rhem, and I also was part of TF 83 and spent a good month or so working with Lily at Mardi Gras World with the California and Colorado National Guard. I mostly worked "the line" and back in the supply tent restocking items. Anyway, take care.

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                            • #15
                              I was one of the original groups in TF83. I came home after one month for another job opportunity. it was great working with you guys. Hope you all had a good time, it sure was a neat experience to see firefighters from all over the country in one city helping people. FYI- Willard is in Utah. I only know that because they were one of the teams that I stayed with the entire time.

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