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New York National Guard aircraft depart for Hurricane Florence response


ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- The New York National Guard deploys ten Soldiers and two UH-60 Blackhawk Medivac helicopters today to assist response efforts to Hurricane Florence.

The two UH-60 Blackhawk medical evacuation helicopters are equipped with hoists which can be used to lift people into the hovering helicopter. The helicopter cabin can be configured to carry two stretcher patients and three ambulatory patients or ten personnel. Each helicopter will be crewed by four Soldiers: a pilot, co-pilot, crew chief, and a medic. Two additional support personnel will deploy with the team.
"New Yorkers have experienced destruction at the hands of extreme weather, and we will not allow those who are in the path of Hurricane Florence to weather this storm alone" Governor Cuomo said. "New York is committed to helping our neighbors recover as quickly as possible, just as we have helped our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico, Texas and Florida after last year's devastating storms."

The governor's announcement is available at https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-announces-additional-national-guard-resources-assist-florence-response-and

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