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Montana Crews Heading Home

Incident Management Team from Montana helped to clear hundreds of miles of roads

They’ve helped clear about 600 miles of road in six counties since the beginning of the storms that downed countless trees and for a time left the entire town in the dark.

But now, the 26 teams of 20-person crews managed by Northern Rockies Incident Management Team have removed brush and felled trees and downed poles and otherwise cleared roads so that emergency responders could have a clear path to do their jobs are heading home.

The team, which has headquartered for a week at the Glendola Firehouse sub-station on Industrial Way, are wrapping up operations and heading back to Big Sky country, leaving behind grateful Wall Township officials.

The team, based in Montana, has been in town for more than a week, and was charged with helping free up municipal and emergency workers by clearing roads. Monday was their last work day in the area and workers will be gone by week’s end, officials said.

“It’s unbelievable the amount of work these guys could get done,’’ said Robert Hendrickson, head of Public Works. “I can’t thank them enough.’’

Hendrickson said he and DPW crews worked side by side with the Incident Management Team members to power through the town’s roads.

“We all came together and worked as one,’’ Hendrickson said.

A management crew, based out of the Glendola fire sub-station, coordinated the efforts of the more than two dozen crews spread out throughout Monmouth, Ocean, Middlesex, Mercer, Somerset, and Burlington counties, according to Pat McKelvey, management team spokesman.

“We come in here and we say ‘What do you want it to look like when we’re done?’’’ said Rick Seidlitz, deputy incident commander. “We know how to order things in, we’ll get the batteries, the gas, we manage it all.’’

Sgt. Joseph Wilbert, deputy director of Wall’s Office of Emergency Management, heaped praise on the team Monday, calling their work “exemplary.’’

“They will be greatly missed,’’ Wilbert said.

Courtney November 13, 2012 at 12:21 PM
We are all greatful for the great work that all the out of state crews have done for our town. THANK YOU SO MUCH!
Allenwoodie November 13, 2012 at 01:21 PM
I agree wholeheartedly! Thank you to all the folks who left their families for 2 weeks to help our families! I am very sorry that these generous people had to hear the griping of the people who don't understand the magnitude of the damage done to the power grid and the massive undertaking required to repair the damage.
Tom Coyle November 13, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Sincere thanks to this crew, and all the crews, who left their families back home to come to our aid. I do hope they don't gas up at the Exxon on Rt 35 and 18th Ave, where a woman is selling t shirts that say "I Survived Hurricane Sandy". She is a profiteer up from Tampa, Florida to capitalize on our community's misfortune. She should be ashamed of herself, as should the owners of that station for allowing her to set up shop on their property (I would guess for a cut of the profits).
Sal Lib November 13, 2012 at 03:36 PM
Seen that yesterday as i passed there, very poor taste to say the least.
Lori Tonti November 13, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Thank you Montana!
Pat Abbott November 14, 2012 at 01:35 AM
Big sky big hearts. Thank you
North Shark November 14, 2012 at 01:53 AM
Couldn't agree more Pat....thank you for all the hard work. Your service has helped restore the town we love and call home. Safe travels and come back soon!
Chief Wahoo November 14, 2012 at 02:06 AM
Jon Corzine will be pleased to read this .................(wonder how many will get this ???)
kmass November 14, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Big Sky,Big Heart, Big Help.Thank You for your commitment to helping others.

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