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Firefighters return home after helping with hurricane relief


Seven Cincinnati Firefighters part of Ohio Task Force One returned from Lafayette, New Jersey and New York City after being deployed to the East Coast to aid in hurricane response efforts. 

Six of the firefighters worked primarily in Lafayette, New Jersey: 


  • District Chief Thomas Lakamp (Task Force Leader)
  • District Chief Duane Herth (Safety Officer)
  • Lt. Kevin McMullen (Search Team Manager)
  • Lt. Marty Oevermeyer (HAZMAT Team Specialist)
  • Mike Lotz (Rescue Team Manager)
  • Benjamin Brink (Ground Support)


Captain Mike Cayse worked as a Division Supervisor with the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Incident Support Team in Long Island, New York.

The firefighters collaborated with many Federal, State and local agencies in New Jersey and New York City. A large part of their work was in search & rescue missions, and "welfare checks" - going door to door to check for victims in need of medical attention or medical transport. In addition, they monitored for potential hazardous materials, cleared debris, and set up food and water distribution centers.

The Cincinnati Fire Department's Assistant Medical Director, Dr. Jason McMullen accompanied the firefighters on the door to door searches, providing medical evaluations and treatment.

"I am proud that our Cincinnati Firefighters and Asst. Medical Director dedicate their time and expertise to local and national missions supported by Ohio Task Force One. We are happy the team returned home safely," affirmed Fire Chief Richard Braun.

The mission of Ohio Task Force One is the location and extrication of victims entombed by structural collapse. This type of work, commonly called Urban Search and Rescue, is one of the most demanding and resource-intensive forms of emergency response.

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