The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is making a big push to help states and cities prepare for the fires that have been sweeping across the country.
On Monday, the agency announced that it has hired a team of five experts to help FEMA, as well as state and local governments, prepare for future fires.
The agency says the five-member team will include experts in wildfire suppression, firefighting, water resources, and the use of the federal National Incident Management System (NIMS).
“The National Incident Response Team (NIRT) is an interagency coordination tool that facilitates coordination among Federal, State, local, tribal, and private sector agencies and partners to respond to major disaster events and emergencies,” the agency said in a statement.
The team will help FEMA to plan and coordinate a coordinated response to fires and other natural disasters in the United States, according to the statement.
In a statement on Monday, FEMA said that it is “working with the Federal Emergency Mitigation Agency (FERMA) to identify and address the most pressing needs of its emergency response efforts in response to the fires in the Midwest.”FEMA said it has been preparing for fires and responding to natural disasters since the end of the Vietnam War.