Local firefighters head to East Tennessee as wildfires continue

(Courtesy: City of White House)
(Courtesy: City of White House)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Many local fire departments are sending crews to Sevier County as a wildfire continues to threaten the area.

The Nashville Fire Department sent 14 crew members, including 10 firefighters, two paramedics, one district EMS chief and one district chief, and five vehicles to Sevier County.

“If a neighbor needs help, we’re going to help,” said Nashville Fire Chief Rick White. “Our paramedics and firefighters are ready and eager to do what needs to be done.”

The Mt. Juliet Fire Department sent six personnel and Ladder 111, while the Lebanon Fire Department is sending a fire engine and the chief’s vehicle with eight personnel.

Arrowmont School of the Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg (Bill May via WATE)
Arrowmont School of the Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg (Bill May via WATE)

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Wilson County Emergency Management Agency is also sending a DART team with six volunteers, a brush truck, an ambulance and an EMS strike team.

Montgomery County Emergency Medical Services (MCEMS) and Montgomery County Volunteer Fire Service have also answered the call for assistance. Five MCEMS personnel and 14 volunteer fire personnel deployed to the Pigeon Forge-Gatlinburg area.

The City of Clarksville also sent six firefighters to help.

“We expect they mostly will be involved in search and rescue operations,” said Clarksville Fire Chief Mike Roberts. “We’ve committed them for three days and then we’ll step back and evaluate the ongoing needs.”

The White House Fire Department has also sent three personnel along with a fire engine and support vehicle, and a convoy of fire vehicles from Brentwood and eight firefighters are also en route.

Two separate groups of Murfreesboro firefighters have left for the Sevierville area. The crew consists of 15 firefighters, two chief officers, Assistant Chief Kaye Jernigan and Commander Swann.

Click here to view News 2’s continuing coverage of the Sevier County wildfire.