Minnesota sends help to east coast

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Oct 30, 2012 at 6:10 am

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (KNSI) Minnesota has sent emergency teams to Massachusetts and New York state to help in the response to superstorm Sandy.

Massachusetts got two teams totaling five people through a mutual aid agreement between several states. They include officials from the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, the City of Excelsior, Allina Medical and Hennepin County. They're working out of a command center in suburban Boston.

The Minnesota Incident Command System, which typically deals with wildfires, has sent teams totaling 33 people to Massachusetts and New York. They include a 20-person saw crew sent to Fort Devens, Mass., equipped to help open roads and remove trees toppled by the storm. They also include an 11-person incident management team sent to Albany, N.Y., that will work in Albany and on Long Island.

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