- Associated Press - Friday, September 8, 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee has sent 151 medical professionals and search and rescue responders to help Florida with Hurricane Irma.

A state Department of Health news release Friday says the crews include a 40-person nurse strike team; five ambulance strike teams with 57 members; three urban search and rescue teams with 40 personnel; two health incident management teams with 10 personnel; and four emergency management officials.

They will be based in Tallahassee, Florida for eight to 14 days.

Each team deployed from Tennessee on Friday except for the nurses, who will leave Saturday.

Since Thursday, Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s LifeFlight airplane has been flying hospital patients in Miami to Sarasota, Florida, and Atlanta for relocation. It’s also on standby for evacuation of patients in other cities.

Vanderbilt also has sent an ambulance crew.

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