Six firefighters from Hillsboro Fire and Rescue are gearing up to head to Haiti.

The firefighters are partnering with EMPACT Northwest to provide clinical treatment and emergency medicine training to locals in Port au Prince, Haiti.

The team will be in Haiti Jan. 14 to 23, and will be working at the only critical care/trauma hospital in the country.

The firefighters use vacation time and raise their own travel funds to assist the people of Haiti. To help offset costs, the team is partnering with local businesses as well as accepting donations from the public.

Tuality Healthcare is helping to outfit the team by providing medical scrubs for them to wear while working in the trauma hospital.

To help support this team, donate at and choose “donate to deployment volunteer.” Make sure to note “Hillsboro Fire” in the comments portion. Anyone donating at least $30 will also receive a team mission T-shirt.

The members of the deployment team include: firefighters/paramedics Thomas Bonin, Ben Langbehn, Paul Morris and Andrew Kindblade; firefighter/EMT Sam Scott; and EMT Mark Gregg.

EMPACT Northwest has been working in Haiti since the severe earthquake in January 2010. Since then, EMPACT has deployed more than 50 medical teams to provide clinical care and has trained more than 40 students in emergency medicine.

EMPACT Northwest has also provided clinical care in Sierra Leone and Pakistan, along with immediate disaster responses to Japan after the tsunami of 2011. Most recently, two teams went to assist in the Philippines after typhoon Hiayan hit the island nation last month.

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