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Fletcher the K-9 from Orange County Fire-Rescue stopped by today to say hello to TERT OH-1 and express pawsitively wonderful thanks for all the team’s work. The team are still in good spirits and healthy; shifts are now divided into 3 platoons: 0500-1700, 1200-2400, and 1600-0400. Run volume remains at approximately 1,200 calls every 24 hours. This is likely to continue as more evacuees return to their homes and businesses, especially in the very hard-hit Gulf Coast section of the county. South Fork Fire-Rescue has been kind enough to allow use of their shower facilities to the team, which everyone is thankful for, especially since the air

HAVOC-1 stands tall amidst a beautiful Florida sunset.

conditioning in the tent has frozen up. LCSO command staff have been complementary of the team’s work, and we are thankful for their hospitality.  Pictures and releases are continuing to be posted daily on, and on our Facebook page, Ohio TERT.

Due to an unforeseen family matter, one of our team members is having to fly home. We are in urgent need of a replacement. If interested you will need to have completed all of the requirement courses listed on the website. Please contact committee chair, Cody Post at or co-chair, Mory Fuhrmann at

Good evening.

The first shifts for the team are underway. For now, the dispatchers have divided into three platoons, working 0500-1700, 1200-2400, and 1700-0500. Upon receiving a briefing from the LCSO and an abbreviated training, the first day-shift crew started fielding calls on the LCSO non-emergency telephony system. The call volume remains high; many parts of Lee County still have limited accessibility, and damage estimates are still being undertaken. Ohio APCO President Johnna Sells took part in a conference call with Ohio EMA this afternoon, where they reaffirmed support for TERT OH-1, and stood ready to provide any support. The radio infrastructure has been found to be within acceptable tolerances, and repairs are underway. As such, the Ohio MARCS personnel have departed, and are returning to Columbus.

One team member is returning home to tend to a private matter. We are in the process of filling that position to maintain adequate manpower. Personnel from TERT TX-1 are also as LCSO, but are due to rotate out at the end of this week.

All other personnel are healthy, and in good spirits.

Good morning.The day shift personnel reported this morning at 04:00, joining other TERT colleagues from Texas and elsewhere in Florida. The team received orientation training on the LCSO 911 center, and began to work hand-on with the calltaking system in use at LCSO.  The team received a hot breakfast from the LCSO, which they were thankful for. The night shift personnel remain resting, and will come on duty at 4PM tonight. All personnel continue to be in good spirits. President Biden is touring the damage in Lee County today, as well.


All set up.

The support fleet, ready to go.

Good evening.

TERT OH-1 arrived in Lee County this evening around 4PM. Team Leaders received a briefing from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office 911 Center personnel, and set up camp for the evening. They are currently adjacent to the 911 center, having set up their tent and base of operations. Following their briefing, the team offloaded their supply trailer, and got the generators operational.

The dispatchers have split into two teams, and will be working 12 hour shifts, changing at 4AM and 4PM daily. The radio technicians will likely meet with their Florida counterparts tomorrow as well to get a bearing on the infrastructure condition in the area. The team is healthy, and ready to get to work.


Refueling at the GA/FL state line.

TERT OH-1 this morning crossed into Florida, and as of 2PM local time, was passing through metro Ocala. They expect to be in Lee County by around 4PM.

The Ohio TERT Team OH-1 departed this morning from Gahanna at 06:15 following a final briefing and Invocation by Chaplain Kevin Kellogg from Violet Township Fire. Following a stop for equipment pick-up in Cincinnati, the team will stop for the evening in Central Georgia. Tuesday morning, the team will head for Southwest Florida and expects to report for duty late Tuesday afternoon.

Ohio TERT Team OH-1 received their Mission Briefing tonight. As of press time, they will be assigned to assist in Lee County, Florida. Committee Co-Chairs Mory Fuhrmann and Cody Post, Mission Team Lead Nick DiCicco, and Ohio APCO Chapter President Johnna Sells provided critical information asto the situation at hand. Also on hand were Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security Director Jeff Young and Ohio EMA Director Sima Merick to offer words of support and encouragement for the coming assignment.

The team is set to depart at 06:00 on Monday morning from Gahanna.










Ohio TERT is part of the National Joint TERT Initiative. For media inquiries during their deployment, please contact Committee Co-Chair Mory Fuhrmann at, or Committee Member Adam Moledor at

Team personnel from the northern part of the state are preparing to head down to Gahanna for the briefing tonight. They are brining with them a Type-1 Mobile Communications Center from Chagrin Valley Dispatch, callsign HAVOC-1. This is a multi vectored capable unit, with the ability to function as a mobile PSAP, field command post, or personnel support unit.

Using a trailer loaned from Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security, personnel from Central Ohio are loading radio equipment and other technical components. This will also be carrying the team’s personnel gear, food, and water.

Team personnel from Ohio MARCS are seen here testing one of two generators that will travel with the team to Florida.


Ohio TERT is part of the National Joint TERT Initiative. For media inquiries during their deployment, please contact Committee Co-Chair Mory Fuhrmann at, or Committee Member Adam Moledor at