Sumner County EMA Helps our Neighbors in Sevier County

The following information has been obtained from the Sumner County Emergency Department Director, Ken Weidner:

I have been working with TEMA in regards to local response to the fires in East Tn, and, I have just finished a conference call with TEMA Middle, East and Officials from Sevier County. 

The following is information that I can confirm, or that I have gleaned from the conference call and contact through last night and today.

Many structures (residential, commercial, cabins and resorts) have burned or been damaged as a result of fire. No fatalities reported but it has been reported that not all residents have been accounted for.

Pigeon Forge is currently working a few active structure fires while Gatlinburg is working several active structure fires. 

Numerous Fire Departments and the Forrest Service are working multiple fires. Last night's rain helped to some degree with the flash fuels or dead fuels of the fire (leaves, small trees, limbs). The larger trees burning (1,000 hr fuels) could be a problem.

Local Response:

The following is the response from Sumner / Robertson County this morning.

White House                      Engine /Support      4

Goodlettsville                    Engine                       6

Hendersonville                  Engine                       5       

Gallatin                               Engine                       5

Springfield                          Support                     4

WHVFD                               Engine/Tender        1

                                                                    Total 25


Engine- 5                                                         

Support- 2                                                       

Tender- 1     


Sumner EMS, one ambulance as part of an EMS Strike Team. 

 On stand-by for possible departure in the morning: Southeast Fire, Millersville Fire (As part of a Strike Team)

EMA is on stand-by to respond with an Incident Management Team, we have also been taksed with potential response as a damage assessment team.