How Florida Highway Patrol prepares for Hurricane Dorian, other emergencies

Reporter: Rich Kolko
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FHP state troopers. (Credit: FHP)

Most law enforcement throughout the state is always available to help out their neighbors in time of crisis, but that goes one step further for Florida Highway Patrol Troopers.

Statutory requirements dictate that troopers are available to assist in times of a natural disaster and that is no different for any impending storm.

There are 10 “troops” or areas throughout the state. Here in Southwest Florida, Troop F has 42 members of the Quick Reaction Force, or QRF as they are known on standby, ready to respond anywhere in the state.

According to Lt. Greg Bueno, public affairs officer of Troop F, these troopers are packed, briefed and ready to go on a moment’s notice.

“Our troopers are equipped and always ready for that challenge,” Lt. Bueno said, “and want to help out the citizens and troopers on the east coast if called upon.”

Any deployment order would come from the State EOC or Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee where law enforcement support is coordinated.

Once on-site, they do everything from escorting fuel trucks, conducting traffic, providing a security presence and even using chainsaws to clear blocked roads.

Since FHP are all trained to the same standards, use the same radios and tactical equipment, the ability to fit in is seamless.

If the call comes, Southwest Florida residents will see the convoys of FHP cruisers, tactical vehicles and command post vehicles heading off to help our neighbors on the east coast affected by Hurricane Dorian.

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