As a firefighter for almost three decades and emergency management coordinator for the City of San Antonio, Lawrence Trevino is no stranger to incident response.
Trevino, 50, was approached by Texas Division of Emergency Management Chief Nim Kidd to join the Alamo All-Hazard Incident Management Team after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. After gaining years of experience with the Alamo team, Trevino and 10 other San Antonio firefighters and police officers were selected to deploy in December with the Lone Star State Incident Management Team. The team is in New York through Jan. 17 to assist with needs assessment and commodity distribution in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.
“The mission is to reach out to the citizens of New York and meet their needs,” Trevino said. “There’s a lot of people out there without electricity. The temperature is in the 20s. We’re reaching out to them to provide food, water, blankets, heaters and the basic necessities of life.”
As the Lone Star State IMT operations chief, Trevino is responsible for reviewing daily a grid map of the Queens, Staten Island and Brooklyn boroughs and determining the most efficient process for providing commodities to residents in those areas.
“Working outside of Texas is always a learning experience,” he said. “We’re working alongside the largest fire department in the nation, and the opportunity to serve the New York Office of Emergency Management is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. We want to use the incident management principles we’ve practiced in Texas to find the best way to take care of the citizens of New York.”