Recently, Roland Emetaz (Mr. Em), a long-time member of Washington Interagency Incident Management Team 5, and his son visited New York City.
While there, they visited O’Hara’s – a pub adjacent to the 9/11 Memorial. Following the devastation of 9/11, the pub was closed for about six months. When it reopened, responders started visiting the pub and leaving their team/unit patches to show support for emergency responders.
Thanks to Mr. Em and his son, the Washington Interagency Incident Management Team 5 patch has joined the fellowship of about 2,000 patches now displayed on the walls of O’Hara’s Pub in New York City.
Washington State offers five Interagency Incident Management Teams available to respond to wildland fires and other emergencies. The teams are comprised of individuals from:
- USDA Forest Service
- USDI Bureau of Land Management
- USDI Fish and Wildlife Services
- USDI Bureau of Indian Affairs
- USDI National Park Service
- Washington State Department of Natural Resources
- Washington Fire Service
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