As the residents of 4,000 Greenwich homes are under mandatory evacuation orders, Greenwich volunteer and career firefighters are finding themselves preparing to do the same.
Greenwich Fire Chief Peter Siecienski said Monday that firefighters at the Sound Beach Volunteer Fire Department, the Cos Cob Fire Department and the recently-opened Horseneck Lane station are preparing to move personnel and equipment as incoming tides continue to cause flooding in those areas of town.
Siecienski said the temporary relocations are expected with Monday night's high tide—at midnight—brings a storm surge of 7 to 11 feet, on top of the astronomical high tide. (Please see video.)
During the Monday hurricane briefing by town officials, Siecienski said the town is well-equipped to deal with whatever Mother Nature and Hurricane Sandy throws at it. "The beauty of being fire chief in a combination department is the volunteer and career firefighters. We have 30 pieces of apparatus ready and 120 men and women who are ready ...."
The Cos Cob station will temporarily relocate at Central Middle School during the high tide, Siecienski said. The Horseneck Lane station which opened Oct. 10 at the corner of Horseneck Lane and Shore Road. Siecienski said the crew there would temporarily move back to the Central Station at Havemeyer Lane and Mason Street.
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