Baltimore mayor to send 'ambulance strike force' to New Jersey

The Baltimore Sun

Baltimore will send an "ambulance strike force" to New Jersey to help victims of superstorm Sandy, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Wednesday. 

“The people of Baltimore stand with the people of New Jersey and New York who have suffered great damage and tragedy as a result of this historic storm," the mayor said in a statement. 

Two Baltimore city medics and a supervisor will travel to New Jersey, overseeing a team of five medic units from Maryland, the mayor said. The deployment is part of a larger state effort to help New Jersey. Medics will leave at 4 a.m. Thursday from the city's Public Safety Training Academy.

Superstorm Sandy, which started as a hurricane, didn't hit Maryland as hard as some neighboring states. As of early Wednesday, officials had confirmed two storm-related deaths here, compared with 17 in New York and five in New Jersey.

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