Maine Forest Ranger Jon Blackstone (center), conducts a safety briefing in Brooklyn earlier this month, as team members get set to do door-to-door checks of residents in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
Maine forest rangers are returning to Maine today after spending two weeks helping with Hurricane Sandy relief efforts in New York City.
The nine-member Maine Forest Ranger Incident Management Team was sent to the Coney Island section of Brooklyn two days after the devastating storm flooded streets, damaged and destroyed buildings, and left millions without power.
The Maine team managed three separate medical-assistance units made up of members of the National Guard, paramedics and New York City health officials. They conducted more than 21,000 door-to-door checks on residents in nearly 200 high-rise buildings, state officials say, and helped fill dozens of medical prescriptions for those unable to get to a pharmacy.
"We are very proud of the much-needed assistance provided by our Maine forest rangers and are glad they are all home safe and sound," says Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Commissioner Walter Whitcomb, in a statement. "I know their extensive experience alleviated some of the pain and suffering still being endured by Hurricane Sandy victims."
Photo courtesy Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.