Doctors, nurses and paramedics await take-off from Dulles International Airport aboard a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft from Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina, Sept. 9, 2017. Air Force aircraft from three bases came together to move more than 300 medical personnel to Orlando, Florida, in anticipation of Hurricane Irma making landfall in the state. Air Mobility Command and 18th Air Force are providing airlift, aeromedical evacuation, contingency response and aerial refueling forces as part of the whole-of-community effort to respond to Hurricane Irma.
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla.
More than 300 doctors, nurses and other medical professionals were sent to Orlando with the help of the U.S. Air Force ahead of Hurricane Irma.
Three C-17s from South Carolina’s Joint Base Charleston and Delaware’s Dover Air Force Base flew the group to Florida on Saturday.
"When the world presents a challenge, our airmen adjust to meet need and do what it takes to accomplish the mission,” said Gen. Carlton Everhart II, commander of the Air Force’s Air Mobility Command. “Our airmen are mission ready and prepared to help others impacted by Hurricane Irma while meeting worldwide needs."
Florida Gov. Rick Scott made a plea Saturday for volunteer nurses to help at shelters across the state.
The Department of Health and Human Services has coordinated the medical efforts to Florida to assist with the needs following Hurricane Irma.
The hurricane made landfall in Marco Island just after 3:30 p.m. Sunday.