Ithaca firefighter heads to Philippines to support relief effort

Ithaca Firefighter James Wheal left Friday for the Philippines, on a one week trip to support the search, rescue, recovery and long term planning mission that is ongoing following Typhoon Haiyan.

Other Ithaca firefighters are covering James’ shifts at the fire house while he goes to help those hit hardest by the typhoon. James is teaming up with former Ithaca firefighter Jeff Goldberg on a Delta Spirit Team, to lend aid to the region.

After departing Ithaca, they will spend the night in Manila, then board a military C-130 loaded with food, water, tents and medial supplies bound for the relief zone. It is a total of 4 flights totaling over 24 hours in the air.

Their mission is to set up an operations center and a field medical center to conduct and aid in search and rescue. They will be capable of conducting immediate medical assistance to the locals of the community.

We wish them luck and give our thanks to them for showing how Ithaca helps those in need, both here and abroad.

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