Dayton Authorizes MN Firefighters to Assist Hawaii Volcano Efforts 21 Jun 18

ST. PAUL, MN – Governor Mark Dayton has authorized two Minnesota firefighters to assist in emergency management efforts on the Hawaii Islands in response to ongoing volcanic activity.

Volcanic eruptions have destroyed property, damaged public infrastructure, and endangered Hawaiian communities.

Governor Dayton approved the request for assistance through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC), to provide additional relief for ongoing 24-hour coverage of the natural disaster at Hawaii County’s Forward Operating Base.

The two Minnesotans authorized to assist in Hawaii’s emergency response efforts are senior Department of Natural Resources firefighters. They will serve as division group supervisors in the emergency relief efforts, overseeing daily response operations. Both firefighters have completed the required training in their respective disciplines, and have experience in numerous local, state, and national service deployments.

The Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) is a mutual aid agreement between all 50 states. Under the Compact, a state in need of emergency assistance may request resources (people, equipment, etc.) from other states based on their needs.