Five ambulances from Winnebago County dispatched to help Tropical Storm Florence victims

RALEIGH, North Carolina (WREX) — Five ambulances from our area are on stand by in North Carolina to help Tropical Storm Florence victims.

13 News spoke with North Park volunteer firefighter and Metro paramedic Andrew DeWilde who is down there right now.

He could be down there for up to two weeks. He says his team is staged in a K-Mart just outside of Raleigh, North Carolina with 108 other ambulances.

DeWilde also says because the weather has gotten so bad, no one is allowed to leave that area until 9 a.m. at the earliest.

“Once they call us on the federal level from FEMA, we respond to help them with whatever task they need performed,” he says. “It can include anything from going into a residential area and removing people from homes and removing people from nursing home facilities, transferring people from hospitals that have lost power.”

DeWilde says he also turns 30 this Monday and asks anyone to donate whatever they can to help victims from this storm as a birthday present.

Andi TenBarge

Andi TenBarge

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