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    Mass public safety employees join federal disaster relief efforts

    Five public safety employees from Massachusetts will spend 30 days assisting federal relief efforts in disaster zones across the country, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency announced Wednesday.

    The five state and local officials were scheduled to travel Wednesday to Alabama for a Federal Emergency Management Agency training program.

    “We are proud of these state and municipal employees headed to disaster areas to assist in the recovery process for our neighbors across the country,” Governor Charlie Baker said in a statement.


    The employees are Nick Child from the Mass Department of Environmental Protection; Patrick Simon from the Mass Department of Public Health; Dylan Glavin from the Marion Fire Department; and Maggie Fiola and Gina Valentine from MEMA, according to the statement.

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    The employees will join FEMA’s workforce through the State Volunteer Surge Program, which allows state emergency management agencies to temporarily send employees to assist in the federal government’s disaster response efforts in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

    FEMA will reimburse state and municipal agencies “for all costs associated with deployment of their personnel,” officials said.

    A 10-person team of MEMA employees headed to Puerto Rico Monday to help in the island’s recovery from Hurricane Maria. Two dozen municipal and state police officers from Massachusetts also arrived there on Oct. 7 to assist with traffic and security duties. More officers will deploy for two-week rotations over the next month, officials said.

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