Flagler County Fire Rescue team returns from wildfire deployment

FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. — Two Flagler County firefighters deployed to the Florida Panhandle to assist in the Chipola wildfires have returned home.


Lt. Jason Powell and firefighter-paramedic David Lawrence were part of a strike team from Central Florida deployed to Panama City last week.

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Powell, a member of Flagler County’s Wildfire Mitigation Team, said the deployment was a learning experience.

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“Working together with multiple agencies to assist in this large wildfire was quite an experience, you learn from others around you, all while getting to utilize and improve your own skills,” Powell said.

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The Florida Forest Service said personnel from 18 different agencies from around the state helped to battle the 34,000-acre fire over 10 days.

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Matt Reeser

Matt Reeser, WFTV.com

Matt Reeser joined WFTV in 1998 as a news photographer and has worked for television stations in Kentucky and West Virginia.